The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has said each senator collects salary and allowances of N1.6 million monthly.
Head of Public Relations at RMAFC, Ibrahim Mohammed, said this in a statement issued, yesterday.
He said the N1.6 million figure consists of: basic-N168,866, fuelling and maintenance of vehicles, N126,650; personal assistant N42,216.
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 but not running cost.
He stated 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.
The RMAFC, PRO said 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 N6.79 million and severance gratuity of N6.79 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.”
According to Mohammed, the law on salaries and allowances of public office holders is very clear.
He also said auditing does not fall within the purview of the commission.
According to him, any other payments being enjoyed by any political or public office holder outside those provided in the Remuneration Act of 2008 were not known to the commission.
He added that the chief accounting officers of the agencies concerned should explain such payments.
Mohammed advised Nigerians to avoid misinformation and misrepresentation of facts capable of misleading citizens and members of the international community.