The Nigerian Senate yesterday, confirmed that each senator collects N13.5m monthly as running cost in addition to N750,000 monthly salary/allowances, but quickly added that the information about the emoluments of senators was never a secret.
According to the Senate Spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the figure of the running cost of the offices of Senators were contained in various line items and expenditure heads, of the budget of the National Assembly which has been made public before now.
With the new revelation, it was gathered that each Senator takes home a N45m quarterly allowance.
According to Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi who represents Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani did not disclose anything new, and dismissed the insinuations that Sani’s colleague were unhappy with him.
He further said that 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.
“I think what we can say is that the running cost of a senator is N13.5 million every month” Abdullahi stated.