RMAFC declares Senators’ N13.5m monthly running cost illegal

National Assembly Complex

Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has said only N1.6 million monthly salary and allowances is approved for senators in the remuneration act of 2006.

The agency said the N13.5 million monthly running cost being collected by the senators, apart from their salaries is not captured in the act.

Spokesman of the agency, Ibrahim Mohammed in a statement said only the management of the National Assembly could explain the payment of such illegal running costs to the senators.

“A closer look at the monthly entitlement of senators reveals that each of them collects salary and allowances to the sum of N1,063,860:00 consisting of the following: basic, N168,866:70; motor vehicle fuelling and maintenance allowance N126,650:00; personal assistant N42,216:66; domestic staff-126,650:00; entertainment, N50,660:00; utilities, N50,660:00; newspapers/periodicals, N25,330:00; wardrobe, N42,216,66:00; house maintenance, N8,443.33:00; and constituency, N422,166:66.

“It is instructive to note that some allowances are regular while others are non-regular. Regular allowances are paid regularly with basic salaries while non-regular allowances are paid as at when due.

“For instance, furniture allowance (N6,079,200:00); and severance gratuity (N6,079,200:00) are paid once in every tenure while motor vehicle loan-(N8,105,600:00) 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,” the commission noted.

Senator Shehu Sani revealed the jumbo running costs which has been attracting condemnation.

The Senate has since defended the monthly N13.5 million running costs, on the ground that political office holders in the executive arm of government are collecting more than that.

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