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PARIS, NOVEMBER 19, 2016: (DGW) ALL  is not well between the Executive and the Legislature as findings have eventually shown. No longer at ease, some members in Nigeria's federal legislative chambers have complained in sorrowful lament about their inability to meet their financial obligations.
Daily Sun exclusively reported that the National Assembly is almost deserted as the Federal Lawmakers have resorted to looking for other ways to survive as money no longer comes from the Executive and  this ,  the paper revealed , has resulted in frosty relationship between the Executive and the Legislature which the latter now see  as sitting on their entitlements and this reportedly sparked off a longing to the return of the Jonathan/Obasanjo days when warm feelings freely flowed between the two arms of government.
The paper  further revealed, that some federal lawmakers have started expressing regrets having spent so much to get their entitlements as 'Honourables' with nothing to show for it under the existing circumstances.
According to one of the lawmakers from the South-South geopolitical zone of the country who spoke to Daily SUN, '' It wasn’t like this when I was in the State House of Assembly''.
He equally explained that his financial struggles, like that of his colleagues is traceable to high legal fees. “I have spent about N10 million  on a lawyer who has made just four appearances for me and he is not a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. I have a friend from the North here, who engaged a SAN and has spent much more than me. Add that to the expenditure incurred to get elected and you will believe me when I say I applied for two overdrafts “, he stressed.

Though the lawmakers have started taking delivery  of their Peugeot 508 official vehicles which cost about N10 million each, when it comes to spending money from their own pockets,  many of them are making significant changes. Again, the South-South lawmaker gives an insight into the new direction by members of the House. “ I won’t be surprised if colleagues start being more hesitant when sending their children to universities overseas. They might sacrifice to keep those already there, but I know of members who have told me they too have to struggle to get forex, so they really have to consider sending another child for University in England or America”, he said.
Added to these tale of woes and utter disappointments, some lawmakers said that they are being owed salaries which has made life pretty difficult for them.
A ranking member from a North-Central state, according to the news report,  who spoke under anonymity said that some members have now shared their time between their businesses and lawmaking in order to stay afloat financially.
“Would you blame those who have decided to activate their businesses or those who now supervise their business by themselves?”, he asked. He further explained: “Some people here cannot even say they gather up to one million Naira a month, yet they have as much as two million naira worth of requests coming from their constituents, so wouldn’t you understand it when they activate the businesses they had before coming here?”
The lawmakers, majority of who spoke off record, that members are resorting to borrowing from banks and from old associates in order to meet their financial obligations. Investigations also showed that Speaker Yakubu Dogara, a few other principal officers of the House and wealthy lawmakers have had to assist other colleagues financially.
“ I have taken overdrafts twice from different banks since I was elected into the House. It wasn’t like this when I was in the State House of Assembly”, lamented a South-South lawmaker. He equally explained that his financial struggles, like that of his colleagues is traceable to high legal fees. “I have spent about N10 million  on a lawyer who has made just four appearances for me and he is not a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. I have a friend from the North here, who engaged a SAN and has spent much more than me. Add that to the expenditure incurred to get elected and you will believe me when I say I applied for two overdrafts “, he stressed.

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