Why Senators Earn N13.5m Monthly Running Cost – Senate

Yes, members of the Nation’s Upper Chamber receive N13.5m monthly as running cost.
The money is meant to bridge Senators’ travelling, medical, consultancy, among others needs.
This is the submission of the Senate after the Senator, representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, revealed recently.
Sani, while granting an interview, had said that he and his colleagues receive N13.5m as running cost every month.
He said aside the running cost, the senators also earn N750,000 as monthly salaries.
He did admit that there is no specific instruction on the running cost paid to the Senators.
Sani said the lawmakers are only expected to provide receipts to back up their expenses on the said amount
The N13.5m running cost had all along been unknown to many Nigerians.
However Senate spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi, while confirming Sani’s revelation, said it is nothing new.
Abdullahi in a statement on Sunday noted that details of what Sani said were already “contained in various line items and expenditure heads of the budget of the National Assembly which has been made public.”
The National Assembly in 2017, for the first time, released his budget after public pressure. That budget however had no subhead for office running cost putting doubt to Abdullahi’s claim.
The Senate spokesperson, however, said that “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 travelling, 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,” he added

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