The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) says each senator collects salary and allowances of N1.6 million every month.
This was revealed in a statement by Ibrahim Mohammed, Head of Public Relations at RMAFC saying the figure consists of: basic, N168,866; fueling and maintenance of vehicles; N126,650; personal assistant N42,216.
It also includes Domestic Staff, N126,650; entertainment, N50,660; utilities,newspapers/periodicals, N25,330; wardrobe, N42,216; house maintenance, N8,443 and constituency, N422,166.
Mohammed said the remuneration act only covers salary and allowances adding that only the management of the National Assembly Service Commission could explain the N13.5 million running cost of each senator.
Mohammed explained that the clarification became imperative in view of the recent revelation by Shehu Sani, Senator representing Kaduna central, who disclosed that each senator collects monthly running cost of N13.5 million.
Sani had said that this was in addition to the monthly salary of N750, 000 prescribed by the “Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc.) (Amendments) Act 2008.”
Mohammed, however, clarified that some allowances were regular, while others were non-regular.
“Regular allowances are paid regularly with basic salaries, while non-regular allowances are paid when due,” he said.
“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.”