Senate Confirms N13.5m Monthly Allowance To Senators
The Senate yesterday confirmed that each senator collects N13.5m monthly as running cost in addition to N750,000 monthly salary/allowances.
And it quickly added that the information about the emoluments of senators was never a secret.
Senate Spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said the figure Sani gave out about running cost of the offices of Senators was contained in various line items and expenditure heads of the budget of the National Assembly which has been made public.
According to him, Senator Shehu Sani did not disclose anything new.
Sani who represents Kaduna Central disclosed the figure and the N700,000 salary of senators in an interview with TheNEWS magazine.
Abdullahi dismissed any insinuations that Sani’s colleague were unhappy with him and said if people had looked critically at the budget of the National Assembly which has since been made public, they would have seen that various line items like travelling , medicals, consultancy and the rest were captured in the budget and they were the funds divided for each Senator’s use.
“Almost all holders of elective and appointive offices have running costs allocated to their offices and that cannot be said to be part of their salaries”, Abdullahi stated.
In the interview, Sani said: “I think what we can say is that the running cost of a senator is N13.5 million every month.”
He was responding to a question on alleged bogus salaries and allowances of Nigerian lawmakers.