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Uneasy calm in Senate

As cash-strapped lawmakers besiege Saraki, Ekweremadu’s offices

From: FRED ITUA, Abuja

There is currently an uneasy calm in the Senate Wing of the National Assembly.

The uneasy calmness, the Daily Sun gathered, was as a result of the continuous delay in the payment of salaries and allowances of senators by the National Assembly.

It was learnt, on Thursday, that the last-minute postponement of the resumption of lawmakers, announced by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr. Sani Omolori, was to give the leadership of the Senate more time to calm fray nerves in the Red Chamber.

Senators, it was authoritatively gathered, are unhappy with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and other principal officers of the upper chamber, over the repeated delay in the payment of their salaries and allowances.

Some senators who spoke with Daily Sun on the development, said they were paid their paltry August salaries before the Sallah break and added that the allowances which run into millions of naira, are frequently delayed.

For instance, the lawmakers said they were yet to be paid their August allowances, despite the fact that the money had already been lodged into a new generation bank as at the 30th of August.

Three lawmakers who spoke with Daily Sun in separate interviews, but do not want their names mentioned, said they were already gearing up to confront the Saraki-led Senate leadership next Tuesday at plenary, before the one week postponement was suddenly announced on Wednesday.

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