Banks refuse to give loans to cash-strapped Senators

Senators in the country are facing hard times as they have not been paid their June and July salaries and banks are turning down their request for loans, following the cash crunch that is affecting the three tiers of government in the country.

It was revealed that the senators had not received salaries since their inauguration on June 9 but that each of the senators had only been paid N6 million housing loan, which many of them said was inadequate to get decent accommodation in Abuja.

Some of the senators laments that because of non-payment of their salaries, they were forced to apply for loans from banks.

But unfortunately, their request had not been granted by the banks, which were said to have cited economic difficulties the Nigerian government is facing.

Some of the senators told our correspondents that they had sourced money from their personal businesses to pay their aides’ ‘maintenance allowance, with high hope that June and July salaries would soon be paid.

One of the senators, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member from the South-East stated that a bank turned down his request for a N20 million loan recently, adding that the excuse of the bank was that so many high profile Nigerians were currently indebted to them and that the issue of cash crunch, which is affecting all sectors, was not helping matters.

“The National Assembly Service Commission had only approved N6m to each of us as housing loan. What can that type of money do in a place like Abuja? It is grossly inadequate but we have taken it as a sacrifice,” he said.

Also a female senator revealed she had yet to recover from her campaign expenses, adding that the current financial crisis in the polity has further worsened her case, having to take care of her aides.

“Personally, as a senator, I am very comfortable because I do not rely on National Assembly salaries to live my normal life and perform my duties as a lawmaker but I can’t be looking at my aides who are suffering.

“They have not received a dime since their appointments in June. Even the National Assembly staff have not received their salaries. I am currently borrowing money to pay ‘maintenance’ money to my aides.

“That is why most of us felt terribly bad recently when the newspapers reported that we were to receive N9bn jumbo pay each. Where will such money come from? As I speak with you, I am still expecting my car loan and we don’t know when it will come,” she said.

A senator from the South-West, also saying the same thing added that that he had decided to limit the number of his aides to two.
“Until things get better, I will not have more than two aides. I have not been able to get a loan from my bank. No senator has received June and July salaries,” he said.

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