National Assembly Is Broke, says Senate Leader Ali Ndume

Leader of Nigeria's Senate, Ali Ndume, has said the National Assembly was broke and experiencing difficulties in meeting its financial obligations.

Reacting to newspaper reports that the legislature was facing financial challenges, Ndume said the situation was so worrisome that legislators were not receiving their allowances as and when due.

“I know that the whole country is in financial difficulty, not only the National Assembly. I have been in the National Assembly since 2003, but things keep getting worse. 

"I think they paid us last month’s salary on the 16th of the following month or thereabout,’’ Ndume told newsmen in Abuja.

He, however, noted that the situation was not peculiar to the legislature, adding that other arms of government, including states, were facing similar problems.

“It is not only with the National Assembly; some states have not been able to pay salaries for six months, one year.

“Some states were even asking their workers to go and farm for two days and work for the other three days in a week.

“Even in the Presidency, they have tightened their belts on their expenditure and so, it’s a general phenomenon in the country.

“We used to receive running costs or allowances quarterly but now it is monthly and it doesn’t come as and when due,’’ he said.


  1. very good, everybody will surfer it


  2. Since 2003 you have been in National ASSEMBLY HOW we not sure you have not been stealing our resources if not why not allow others to contribute the Nation building.

  3. ...as caused by most of you (senators).

  4. Hassan Aderemi24 August, 2016 14:29

    We expec the members of NASS to lead by examples, if civil servants can be denied six to twelve months salaries & the NASS member is telling us now that NASS is broke just because they received a salary arrears after just sixteen days. Imagine in the house since 2003?


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