NASS support group defends Akpabio, blames mischief makers over comments on statutory payment

10th National Assembly legislative support group on Wednesday said mischief makers are misinterpreting Senate President Godswill Akpabio’s comments on statutory payments to federal lawmakers.

Recall that the Upper Chamber on Monday concluded the screening and confirmation of President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominees. Before the lawmakers adjourned plenary to September 26, the Senate President Akpabio addressing his colleagues said money has been sent by Magaji Tambuwal, clerk of the national assembly, to the senators to “enjoy” their holidays. Since then the video has gone viral with many people condemning the parliament.

Reacting to the backlash, the national assembly support group in a statement said mischief makers are misconstruing the statement with the aim to tarnish senators image.

The group in the statement signed by Umeh Faith, Kabiru Yusuf, Fidelis Sunday said the Senate President was referring to payment of their salaries, allowances, and accommodation fees as espoused in the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission Act.

Appealing to the public not to misconstrue the statement, the group added that the method of communicating the message was jovial which made people misunderstood him.