3 Important Things Falana Said About Senators' N13.5m Jumbo Pay
Since Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central), blew the lid open on how much a senator in Nigeria earns few weeks ago, tongues have not stopped wagging.
Shehu revealed that a senator is handed N13.5million monthly as running cost and is entitled to N200miliion for the execution of constituency projects.
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has also joined the fray of Nigerians shocked at the revelation.
Here are three important things the lawyer said:
1.) Furniture and wardrobe allowances weren’t covered in Sani’s revelation
According to Falana, the scale of the jumbo pay becomes even more dizzying when one considers that all other perks and allowances were left out as Sani squealed.
“The disclosure made by Senator Sani does not cover the allowances for cars, housing, wardrobe, furniture etc running to several millions of Naira approved for each Senator”, Falana says.
In 2017, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay said senators earn far higher.
Sagay said senators earn a basic salary of N2.4 million per month and N3.2 billion per annum; with allowances detailed as: hardship (50% of basic salary), newspaper allowance (50%), wardrobe allowance (25%), entertainment (30%), recess (10%), and leave (10%).
2. These guys are really heartless and insensitive
His words are: “the legislators also illegally purchased exotic cars of N4.7 billion for themselves when workers were owed arrears of salaries and the masses were groaning under a recession caused by the profligacy and mismanagement of the national economy by the ruling class”.
3. Sagay was right all along
“While we commend Senator Shehu Sani for exposing the secrecy which had enveloped the salaries and allowances of federal legislators in Nigeria before now, it is crystal clear that the statement credited to Professor Itse Sagay, the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council not too long ago to the effect that Nigerian legislators are the highest paid in the world cannot be faulted”.