The Nigerian Senate has been compelled to admit each senator earns N13.5million monthly as running cost and N700,000 as salary. The senate also admit each senator is entitled to N200million for constituency projects. Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna state, had released senators’ emoluments, though partially, during his interview with TheNews magazine. It was the first time a Nigerian Senator came out openly to admit they were being paid such large amounts. Agitations for the senate to disclose how much members earn has been rebuffed.
However, the Senate spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Sunday in a statement, said, “the statements made by his colleague from Kaduna State, Senator Shehu Sani, on the salaries and funds for running of offices of Senators did not disclose anything new as the figure he gave out about 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”.
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 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”, Abdullahi stated.