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No idea how senators’ pay jumped to N13.5m — RMAFC

…Says senators’ total monthly entitlement stands at N1.063m
By Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA—
Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, said, yesterday, that only the management of National Assembly Service Commission, NASC, could explain how salaries and allowances of senators jumped to N13.5 million.

According to the commission, the total monthly entitlement of each senator still stands at N1.06 million

In a statement, yesterday, by its spokesman, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed, the commission pointed out that the clarification became imperative, in view of the recent revelation by Senator Shehu Sani that each senator collects monthly running cost of N13.5 million, in addition to the monthly salary of  N750,000.

The statement read:  “A closer look at the monthly entitlement of senators reveals that each senator collects salary and allowances of N1,063,860:00, consisting of the following: Basic, N168,866:70; motor vehicle fuelling and maintenance allowance, N126,650; Personal Assistant, N42,216:66; domestic staff, N126,650:00;  entertainment, N50,660; utilities, N50,660; newspapers/periodicals, N25,330; wardrobe, N42,216; house maintenance, N8,443 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 commission insisted that the payment of running cost was not part of   RMAFC mandate, adding that it was only the NASS that could explain that.

“RMAFC also wishes to use this opportunity to state that any other payments enjoyed by any political or public office holder outside those provided in the Remuneration Act of 2008 is not known to the commission and the Chief Accounting Officer of the agencies concerned should explain it.”

‘’To avoid misinformation and misrepresentation of facts capable of misleading citizens and members of the international community, the commission considers it most appropriate and necessary to request Nigerians and any other interested party to avail themselves of the opportunity to access the actual details of the present remuneration package for political, public and judicial office holders in Nigeria published on its website:  www.rmafc.gov.ng.”


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