Nigerians have been assured that legislators’ allowances that is generating controversy will soon be put across to the people for discussion with a view to finding what will be appropriate as allowances to the lawmakers.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, told Journalists that the House will be conducting a legislative needs assessment by competent Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in conjunction with development partners, to discuss the issue of allowances received by the legislators.
Dogara, who spoke to Journalists in Jos, North Central Nigeria, after visiting the Governor of the state, Simon Lalong, explained that the salaries of the legislators were fixed by the Revenue Mobilisation Fiscal Allocation Committee (RMFAC), while the allowances are subject to discussion.
The Speaker also addressed issues of the economy as it affects states owing salaries which he believes would soon be properly addressed in spite of the economic depression.
With the stability enjoyed by the out-gone National Assembly, the newly elected Speaker gave an assurance that fairness and justice would be ensured at the zonal and state levels, in order to stabilise the Lower Chamber.