Nigerian Senators Get N13.5m As Running Cost Every Month Excluding Salaries -Sen. Shehu Sani Reveals

at 07:30 AM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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Sen. Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central senatorial district, has revealed he and his colleagues receive N13.5 million monthly as running cost.
According to the senator, the running cost was in addition to over N700,000 monthly consolidated salary and allowances of each senator. "I think what we can say is that the running cost of a senator is N13.5 million every month."

Sani said this in an interview he granted THENEWS magazine but was made available online by Sahara Reporters.

His words: “What I am saying is that that money (N13.5 million per month) must be receipted for what you do with it. But what you are given to go and spend without any accountability is N750,000.00. The constituency project itself is given on a zonal basis and almost every senator will go with a constituency fund of about N200 million, but it is not the cash that is given to you.
You will be told that you have N200 million with an agency of government for which you will now submit projects equivalent to that amount. And it is that agency of government that will go and do those projects for you.


Now, the corruption comes when the projects are not done and the money is taken. But right now, it is difficult to do that because NGOs and transparency groups have come into it. They track every allocation made to you and where they are being used. So, it’s becoming difficult for what used to happen in the past to happen now. But I can tell you that I would love a situation where we do away with running costs, constituency projects and leave senators and members of house of reps with salaries. And also, the public should be informed that nobody should come to any senator’s house asking for any kobo. That also would be helpful.

The lawmaker said he was against the idea of legislators carrying out constituency but said constituents might not know the relevance of lawmakers if they do not construct projects in their constituencies.

There are issues that we need to understand. First, I don’t believe that members of the national or even state assemblies should be involved in carrying out what is called constituency projects. When people are elected into the national assembly, they should just be involved in lawmaking, raising motions, bills and also performing oversight functions. But we live in a society where people cannot differentiate between the legislators and the executive.

When the people come to you, they want you to build roads, dig boreholes, build hospitals, schools, give money, pay school fees for them. Now, if we have a society in which people will stop asking legislators to do those things, then there is no need (for the allowances) But funny enough, if you are very active in the national assembly in making laws and you don’t embark on projects in your constituency, you cannot in any way be appreciated by the people you are there to serve because the electorates in United States are different from the electorates in the United States and Africa.

We live in an underdeveloped society with a lot of poverty, misery and wants. What people want is for you to address those basic fundamental issues that affect their lives. If we can be done with that, it would be okay. Now, you are talking of bogus salaries and bogus allowances – there are three steps you need to consider – the first has to do with the fact when you represent the people, expectations arose from your immediate and the larger constituencies.

But I agree with you that the salaries and allowances of lawmakers should not be discreet, but what is discreet about it when you can write to Resource and Fiscal Mobilization Commission to get everything about what a senator earns?
The only money you are not expected to account for is your salary and the salary of a senator is about N750, 000.00 per month. The other one, the running cost of office must be accounted for. You must provide a receipt for every expense you make.”
slimber at 07:53 AM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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Okooo seen
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Mykie010 at 07:57 AM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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am beginning to like this man, I follow him on twitter and he is always on d part of truth, one of the few northners that I like.
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cypanyahucha at 07:57 AM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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Quite revealing. Lawmakers are really earning so much. God help Nigeria.
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ruthie at 08:45 AM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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this should be changed...why give them allowances for projects that arent in the budget..stupid
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maxzy277 at 09:12 AM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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Good of you, let’s someone give the microphone to Dino Melaye to explain his own part of how he dey get im own money, abi he is into money ritual?
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Wazubia at 09:42 AM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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Good as you clarify some of hiding thing in Senate.countine with the truth sir, that's all I can say for now.
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WhaleDog at 09:50 AM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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NOw I can rest my beating heart thinking why would a senator erect one pole of electric line and characterized it as a project and also we have some of the senators distributing a sachet of pure water as a water project ,all in the name of project and according to senator shehu, each senator is given to the tune of 200milion earmarked for project . Whatever is underlined project will be acceptable as a project. We the ordinary people we are dumbfounded with this outrageous revelation .Seriously,Nigerian need go back in the street occupy the entire major roads to demand for a true change

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gogoman at 10:31 AM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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senators are waste of space
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dleg at 01:47 PM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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This is what Dino and co should be shouting and talking about if they really want to say the truth.

Dino and co are pretender playing political game. They are the loudest fellow for their own personal interest
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nature7888 at 02:04 PM, 8/03/2018 (3 months ago)
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Na wow o, see how dem d rake our country
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