By Ajibola Abayomi,
March 28, 2018.
The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) said senators receive N1.06 million as salaries and allowances.
It said the senate should be able to defend its running cost – Senator Shehu Sani revealed that they receive N13.5 million as running cost.
The RMAFC has revealed that senators receive salary and allowances of N1.06 million every month. The cable reports that Ibrahim Mohammed who is the head of public relations at RMAFC revealed this on Wednesday.
He said the N1.06 million figure consists of: basic-N168, 866, fueling and maintenance of vehicles, N126,650; personal assistant N42,216. Domestic Staff, N126,650, entertainment, N50,660, utilities, newspapers/periodicals, N25,330, wardrobe, N42,216, house maintenance, N8,443 and constituency, N422,166 respectively.
He explained that the remuneration act only covers salary and allowances but not running cost which he said only the management of the National Assembly Service Commission could explain.
He said the explanation was necessary following Senator Shehu Sani’s disclosure that they receive N13.5 million running cost. He said:
“Regular allowances are paid regularly with basic salaries, while non-regular allowances are paid when due.
“For instance, furniture allowance of N6.079 million and severance gratuity of N6.079 million are paid once every tenure, while motor vehicle loan of N8.1 million is optional which the beneficiary has to offset before leaving office.
“The payment of running cost is not part of RMAFC mandate, therefore, only the National Assembly can explain it.”
He explained that any other payments being enjoyed by any political or public office holder outside those provided in the Remuneration Act of 2008 were not known to the commission. Meanwhile, the senator representing Kaduna central at the Senate, Shehu Sani, declared that he had no apology for exposing his and other federal lawmakers’ jumbo pay.
Sani made the disclosure on a radio programme in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, adding that his style of politics is driven by conscience.
He noted that he won an election into the Senate based on his conscience and set guiding principles.