Members of the House of Representatives are taxing an upward review of their salaries and allowances, following the removal of fuel subsidies and the current economic situation in the country.
It was gathered that the demand was the outcome of a meeting the lawmakers had on July 11 after going into an executive session during plenary.
According to reports, the complaints from members arising from salaries and allowances forced the House to go into executive session in order to douse tension.
The lawmakers had also demanded from the Speaker, Rep. Tajudeen Abass, the reason for the delay in the payment of their salaries and allowances, causing some of them to resort to loans.
However, one of the lawmakers who was at the meeting but craved anonymity because he was not permitted to speak on the outcome of the executive session, dismissed the rumour.
Disproving the speculations, the lawmaker said they only told the speaker that their salaries and allowances could no longer meet the demand of their job, hence a review was necessary.
“So nobody talked about any money or whether we have been paid or not,” the lawmaker explained.
The source said their request was a sequel to the current economic reality following the subsidy removal which had caused hardship, making goods and services skyrocket in the country.