Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on saturday said senators salaries are not as projected in the media.
According to him, there is nothing like Jumbo pay for senators.
The Senator who is also the Chief Whip of the Senate, while addressing newsmen in Abuja said “Let me address the issue of jumbo pay. I have received my salary for June and it is far below what you people are writing.
“If a minister is travelling to Lagos, would he use his legs? What you call fat salary are monies used to run the constituency because they don’t give us additional funds.
“It is the money we use when we travel to Abia, Lagos, Badagry or Kaduna. Next meeting, I will unveil to you.
“You will now see that you are maligning and criticising the National Assembly for nothing.
According to Kalu, most of the other senators were surprised at the pay, he said “Most of my colleagues said they did not know it was going to be like this and I said we came to serve our country as senators.
“When they were outside, they were also saying that all the money was carried by the National Assembly which is not true.
“The money they have given them is not going to be enough. I have seen them crying already.
“They came to me to complain because I have seen the good and the ugly.
“I think that the media is not fair to the National Assembly. I call on you people to change your minds because there is no jumbo pay; honestly, I have not seen one.
“If I see jumbo pay that does not represent my conscience, I will speak.