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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Senators Earn N6m, N8m As Furniture And Severance Allowance Respectively - RMAFC

It has been revealed that Nigerian senators earn at least one million naira monthly apart from allowances.
The Senate
 
The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has given a breakdown of what Nigerian senators earn as salaries and allowances.
 
According to a report by Nigerian Tribune, RMAFC’s Spokesperson, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, said that the clarification has become imperative in view of the recent revelation by Mr Shehu Sani, a Senator of the Federal Republic who was reported to have disclosed to the public that each Senator collects monthly running cost of N13.5 million in addition to the monthly salary of N750,000.00 prescribed by the “Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc.) (Amendments) Act, 2008”.
 
In its statement, RMAFC revealed that senators earn N1,063,860:00 monthly 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, House Maintenance-N8,433:00 and Constituency-N422,166.66 respectively
 
RMAFC revealed that senators are given Furniture allowance (N6,079,200:00); and Severance Gratuity (N6,079,200:00) paid once in every tenure while Motor Vehicle Loan-(N8,105,600:00) is optional which the beneficiary has to offset before leaving office”.
“A closer look at the monthly entitlement of Senators reveals that each Senator collects salary and allowances of 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, House Maintenance-N8,433:00 and Constituency-N422,166.66 respectively”
 
“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”. Mohammed said
 
While clarifying on other payments made by the Senate, RMAFC said it is not aware of payment of Running Cost as it is not part of its mandate, therefore only the NASS can explain it. The statement adds that auditing does not fall within the purview of the Commission.
 
Thus, RMAFC also wishes to use this opportunity to state that any other payments enjoyed by any political, or public office holders 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.

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