A House of Representatives member-elect on the platform of All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Gaya, on Monday urged the in-coming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to slash the wages and allowances of the Presidency and National Assembly by 50 per cent.
Nigerians have relentless called for a reduction in the salaries and allowances of public office holders in the country, which has been rated one of the highest in the world.
Speaking with journalists at his residence in Kano, Mr. Gaya said the call came on the heels of the clamour to increase capital spending over recurrent expenditure.
According to the former Commissioner of Finance in Kano state: “In my opinion I think it will be better for all the elected representatives, beginning from Mr. President to members of parliament, to Ministers, to other Advisors and special assistants, to agree that what we will be receiving is slashed to 50 per cent”.
Mr. Gaya, who will represent Gaya/Ajing/Albasu federal constituency of Kano State in the green chamber, said Nigerian leaders need to reduce their expenses for the country to have positive changes.
“Since we believe the country needs positive change we should therefore accept it as such. The slash in the expenses should continue till when our dear nation gets to execute capital projects. May be from the time we were inaugurated to another two years”, he said.