I won’t resign – Dep. Speaker, Lasun

Yusuf Lasun

Yusuf Lasun, has dismissed al­leged calls to resign from quarters loyal to All Pro­gressives Congress, APC, leader, Sen. Ahmed Ti­nubu.

Besides, the princi­pal lawmaker from Osun State punctured the im­pression that senators and members of the House were earning huge sala­ries and allowances.

Lasun, who fielded questions from journal­ists yesterday in Abuja, said his election as deputy helmsman of the Green Chamber, followed due process and his resigna­tion would be baseless.

“It’s not correct (that I was asked to quit). It’s just speculation. Why would I resign? I was vot­ed for; I went through an election,” he said.

The deputy speaker also rejected the impres­sion that lawmakers were over-fed with taxpayer’s money.

He regretted that there was a misrepresentation of facts on what the law­makers and their staff were actually earning as salaries and allowances.

“The Budget of the Na­tional Assembly is 2.6% and that is out of the Bud­get of the Federation. It is not overblown. People have suddenly forgotten or they don’t know that there are 469 members of the National Assembly, and that each member is entitled to five aides that will be paid from the bud­get.

“We have National As­sembly Listserv, there are technocrats and staffers. We have National Assem­bly Service Commission and all of these draw salaries and allowances from this N150 billion. So, I wonder how people can say it’s only House of Reps and Senators that collect N150 billion,” he said.

Lasun also explained that the National Assem­bly Budget for 2015 was slashed from N150bn to N130bn in line with the austerity measures adopt­ed by the new Assembly.

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