N13.5m Running cost: leadership of National Assembly should be held for fraud- Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN)
Following a revelation made by Senetor Shehu Sani representing Kaduna, on illegal N13.5m received by senators monthly. The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has differed on the provision of the law on the alleged N13.5m running cost.
RMAFC has clarified its position on the supposed salaries and allowances of senators.
According to the Commission, the Law on Salaries and Allowances of Public Office Holders is very clear and as such
“it is only the management of the National Assembly Service Commission that can explain the N13.5 million running cost allegedly being enjoyed by each Senator as the Act only covers Salary and Allowances but not Running Cost,” it stated.
The statement which was issued by the Commission’s spokesman, Ibrahim Mohammed said 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, House Maintenance – N8,443.33:00 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,”
Mr. Mohammed said. “The payment of Running Cost is not part of RMAFC mandate, therefore only the NASS can explain it,” he added. 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.
According to the chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption. Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN) “Both Senate and house of representative leadership should be held for serial monumental fraud. There’s no need asking National Assembly Service Commission to justify or explain modus operandi of the fraud Prof. Sagay said.
Left to see if there could be more revelations and anomalies indicating a clear act of fraud order than the initial statement of Senator Shehu Sani.
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