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Salary Slashes Not the Answer, Says Deputy Speaker Amidst Economic Hardship

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, has weighed in on calls for a 50% salary cut for National Assembly members to address the ongoing economic crisis. He argues that such a measure would be ineffective and that the current salaries are already insufficient for fulfilling their duties.

While acknowledging the hardship faced by Nigerians, Kalu emphasizes, “talking about the salaries of the National Assembly, it is a far cry from what it is supposed to be.” He differentiates between salaries and allowances, clarifying that allowances cover job-related expenses and cannot be reduced.

Kalu argues that a pay cut would not significantly impact what lawmakers “should be earning” and asserts that reducing salaries wouldn’t align with the country’s economic situation. He believes the focus should be on implementing effective policies with clear timelines for improvement, necessitating “delayed gratification for a better gain tomorrow” from Nigerians.

This statement has sparked mixed reactions. Some commend Kalu’s transparency regarding salary concerns. Others express skepticism about the adequacy of current salaries and propose alternative solutions to address the economic crisis. The debate highlights the complexities of navigating economic challenges and the need for diverse perspectives and collaborative solutions.

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