SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, (THEWILL) – The Senate has confirmed that each senator collects N13.5m monthly as running cost in addition to N750,000 monthly salary/allowances.
THEWILL recalls that this was revealed by Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) in an interview published by The News online.
After years of public demand for information on what each senator collects, Sani finally broke it down giving the “monthly running cost” as N13.5 million to be accounted for and another N700,000 that is unaccounted for.
However, Sabi Abdullahi, Spokesman of the senate, in a statement confirmed the revelation but insisted that Sani “did not disclose anything new “as the figures were contained in various line items and expenditure heads of the budget of the national assembly “which has been made public”.
He said if people had looked critically at the budget, they would have seen that various line items “like traveling, 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,” he added.
He also dismissed reports that senators were unhappy with Sani.