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'Why My N600k Salary Doesn't Take Me Home' Says Ebonyi House Of Rep. Member, Iduma Enwo

at 03:00 PM, 17 Jul 17 (2 months ago)
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While speaking in an exclusive interview with Punch newspaper, a member of the Federal House of Representatives member for Afikpo-North/Afikpo-South Federal Constituency of Ebonyi State, Igariwey Iduma-Enwo, speaks on family, lifestyle career and many more.
Here are the excerpts we culled from the chat;
You are in your 50s. How do you keep up with your schedules?
Biologically, I am ageing and, every minute, every second, with every breath I draw, I age as a result of it. It’s a natural phenomenon. What things do I do? I eat well, but I don’t pile up so much food in my system. I watch my weight and I try to do some exercise.
What is your best food?
My best meal remains eba and soup. What makes the difference is the quantity of (eba) that I eat. I used to indulge much in it when I was younger. These days I go for that soup that I find quite irresistible, which most of the times is something that “draws.” Ordinarily, I am not picky; I eat virtually everything. I like to experiment with lots of food.
What is your ideal way of relaxing?
I am a thorough family man; my friends know this about me. I spend much time in my house and with my family. I don’t travel much. There is the economic aspect of travelling, which is quite expensive. It is not easy for us too; people will not believe it, but it is true. I watch TV a lot and I can cap it up by just having my wife and children around me.
Lawmakers too can’t afford to travel? People assume that you have a lot of money and can afford a lavish lifestyle.
The truth of the matter is that if I am left with my salary at my age of over 50, I don’t need too many things in my life. I am not thinking of building houses or buying cars. So, with my salary, I will manage with my children. Already, some of them are graduating. But, I must service a constituency that looks up to me. When you put all of that together, you will find out that at end of the month, you are constantly asking your colleagues whether they have received alerts. I am not speaking for just myself. I have a good number of friends here. I know that it is a very big pain surviving the last few days of every month.
Are you saying your jumbo pay comes late?
You wouldn’t believe it that today is the 12th and members only got paid yesterday. Members were relieved that they got their salary. How much is even the salary? My salary is slightly above N600,000. That is what they pay me for 30 days.
That is minus allowances, you mean?
Any other allowance is already tied to outgoing expenses. You have stationery to buy, do repairs on equipment in this office etc. So, you will find out that what I really rely on is the salary that doesn’t take me home.
A man who stays at home with his family most of the time hardly has time for other women, right?
I don’t want to speak for myself. I am known to be a thorough family man. It is not that women are not beautiful out there. The thing is that they come with a lot of problems — baggage. The baggage content is too much for a normal person who wants to live a normal life. I won’t say I don’t see women who are beautiful. You see them but you can’t go and kidnap them. Are you ready to do the needful? A responsible person must live within his income.

tunlade70 at 03:10 PM, 17 Jul 17 (2 months ago)
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lie and nothing but lie!
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SweetDaddy1 at 03:29 PM, 17 Jul 17 (2 months ago)
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Resign if the N600k salary doesn't take you home, thousands of more qualified people will be happy to take your sit with N300k... Grin Grin Grin

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DJSNIPPER at 04:55 PM, 17 Jul 17 (2 months ago)
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big man big trouble .
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christianity at 05:18 PM, 17 Jul 17 (2 months ago)
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who cares
theives
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tegonwa at 06:58 PM, 17 Jul 17 (2 months ago)
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A man who says that his 600,000Naira salary  doesn't 'take him how';how would one expect him to provide constituency development and dividends of democracy for his people.Too hopeless. Greedily hopeless.
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gogoman at 10:43 PM, 17 Jul 17 (2 months ago)
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you can't go and kidnap them lol........ he like women die , na time he no get
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humphreyedet at 11:55 AM, 18 Jul 17 (2 months ago)
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Sir, Seriously money is never enough but with the life you choose you can achieve alot. I learnt something from what you said " women comes with different baggage and one Woman is enough"
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ruthie at 03:12 PM, 19 Jul 17 (2 months ago)
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can u imagine..what of families that survive with less than 20k a month Cry Cry :'(evil leaders
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mjyabah2 at 01:56 AM, 21 Jul 17 (2 months ago)
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If I read him right, he is only saying that people should manage their income properly by avoiding unnecessary expenses that lavish their income - for example, womanizing and chasing things under the skirts. He says those things are nice only if you can afford them without emptying your wallet or stealing from the govt funds.

 All the three branches of govt  should constitute of people who have already made it in life, laid good foundation for sustainable and residual income enough to take care of them, not broke men/women who want to tap into the govt enterprise (stealing/looting funds).   
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