Why I revealed how much Senators earn - Shehu Sani

Why I revealed how much Senators earn - Shehu Sani”

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, has revealed why he made a decision to reveal publicly what he and his colleagues earn in the National Assembly.

He said aside the running cost, the senators also earn N750,000 as monthly salaries.

Recall recently published that Sani, who represents Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, revealed the amount he and his colleagues receive monthly.

He said that the National Assembly was being run with little accountability about how the money was spent.

"Almost all holders of elective and appointive offices have running costs allocated to their offices and that can not be said to be part of their salaries", he added.

He also added that some of the senators were not happy with Sani's revelation on the issue.

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.

Yes, members of the Nation's Upper Chamber receive N13.5m monthly as running cost.

The National Assembly has confirmed that members of the Senate receive N13.5 million monthly as running cost.

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

He blamed the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission for condoning such payments without questioning since 1999.

"The federal government should, as a matter of urgency, halt the payment of double salary and allowances to a number of legislators and ministers", he stated.

Pushing for the scrapping of what he called an illegal payment, the senator believed that such step would make National Assembly attractive only to people who can contribute ideas.

"While we commend Sani for exposing the secrecy which had enveloped the salaries and allowances of federal legislators in Nigeria before now, it is crystal clear that the statement credited to Sagay, not too long ago to the effect that Nigerian legislators are the highest paid in the world can not be faulted".

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