Nigerian Senate has passed a vote of confidence to the decision of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review downward the salaries and allowances of federal lawmakers at the National Assembly by 50 per cent.
According to Senator Umaru Ibrahim Kurfi (APC Katsina Central), during a chat with senate correspondents on Monday, the upper chamber of the National Assembly had agreed to the 50 per cent pay cut in line with the policy of President Muhammadu Buhari administration to ensure prudence in public spending and restore dignity to governance in the country.
The Senate had recently rejected the pay cut in their salaries and allowances by suspending consideration of the report of its Finance Committee following sharp disagreements among senior lawmakers over recommendation by the committee.
“The Eighth Senate is doing its best to ensure the success of the present administration. In line with policy of President Muhammadu Buhari to eradicate corruption in all sectors of the economy, we (senators) have already agreed to implement 50 per cent salary cut.
“We are in a change regime and we are ready to key into the zero tolerance for corruption policy of the present administration. Similarly, we have agreed to support all other policies and programmes being embarked upon for the benefit of Nigerians”, Kurfi said
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain assured that the Senate would continue to help the executive arm to build on democracy, implement the change promised Nigerians by the party and ensure that President Buhari surpass the records of his predecessors.