Musician turned politician, Banky W, has vowed to publish his allowances and constituency allocation if elected to the House of Representatives.
The Modern Democratic Party (MDP) candidate for the Eti-Osa constituency in the House of Representatives made the pledge during a live debate on Monday at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island.
The 38-year-old said that accountability is one of the biggest problems in governance and hopes to lead from the front to change the situation.
Banky W said, “Most of us don’t know who our representatives are, talk less of their salary and allowances and constituency allocations that they receive every year most of the time to enrich themselves.
“How I plan to address it myself directly is first of all, I’ll publish what I earn as a legislator – my salary, my allowance, the allocation given to Eti-Osa, I will publish it.
“We will have town halls and an active constituency office to engage the community to say this is the allocation that we’ve received, this is what we intend to spend it on.”
Banky W, and son of a former minister of state for defence, Ibrahim Obanikoro of the All Progressives Congress (APC), were at each other’s neck for the majority of the debate.
Others participating in the debate were Omotesho Bakare of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ferdinand Adimefe of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and Tessy Owolabi of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The debate was organised by Media Room Hub, an online media platform, in conjunction with BBC and Pulse Nigeria.