Senate confirms its Members receive ₦13.5m Monthly apart From Salaries

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Recall that as earlier reported by Naija News, Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna APC) in an interview with a magazine, claimed each senator of the federal republic of Nigeria, receives about N13.5m monthly as running cost apart from about N750,000 salary. N14.9 billion was appropriated for the management of the National Assembly, N2.4 billion for the National Assembly Service Commission and N9.6 billion for legislative aides.

Reacting on its part, the Senate said there was nothing new in the disclosure and that senators were not up in arms against Sani over the disclosure.

According to the human rights lawyer, the disclosure has proven the statement credited to Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, that Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid in the world.

Spokesperson of the Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, confirmed the sum, saying it is stated in the National Assembly budget released to the public.

"Senator Shehu Sani has in a rare moment of penance for the financial rascality of our National Assembly done partial DISCLOSURE on their GOOD LIFE at the expense of the POOR".

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It was gathered that the N13.5 million monthly running cost is not approved by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), the body set up by government to pay public officials in Nigeria.

He did admit that there is no specific instruction on the running cost paid to the Senators.

"However, the federal legislators can not be blamed alone for paying themselves skyrocketing salaries and allowances outside the ambit of the wages approved for all political office holders in the country".

Speaking in an interview with the BBC, Sani said the payment was a "moral issue".

He called on "all lovers of democracy and public accountability in Nigeria" to rally round the senator "by ensuring that he is not harassed".


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