Senator-Elect Shehu Sani, Kaduna Central

Senator-Elect Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central, told SaharaTV during an exclusive interview that he believes President Jonathan should take the National Conference recommendations with him when he leaves Aso Villa.

The National Conference, which cost more than 11 billion Naira, was organized by President Jonathan last year to discuss the challenges facing Nigeria and possible solutions to them.

“My personal opinion is when Jonathan leaving the villa he should not forget to take the recommendations of that conference,” Senator-Elect Sani told SaharaTV.

“It should be part of the loads taken to his own vehicle,” he added.

Senator-Elect said that he is not sure how his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), would deal with the National Conference recommendations but that he has been in opposition to it since last year.

On the fiscal conditions of Nigeria he said that the APC-lead government needs to be honest and that, “the truth is that we don’t have as much money as we used to have.”

He argued that the salaries and allowances should be made known to the public, and should be reduced.

“The payments made to legislature must be made public and it is what I intend to do. I intend to make mine [salary] public. This includes the office staff of legislatures,” he told SaharaTV.

Everyone must make financial sacrifices from the President downward. “If they don’t sacrifice their payments and allowances then who will? Patriotism isn’t just for the poor,” according to him.

He added that it was not right that Senators and Parliamentarians are paid 100 million Naira when the price of oil is falling.  

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