Senate Confirms Sani's Revelation, Says Not Furious With Him

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The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has said he made a decision to reveal the actual running costs received monthly by senators because he wants such payments to be stopped.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC, Sani said the payment was a "moral issue".

Mr. Falana was reacting to a revelation by Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central.

In a statement signed by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, Senator Sani had not revealed anything new as the information on the salaries and funds for running of offices of Senators had already been made public. The National Assembly is one of the most non-transparent organs of government. "According to the senator, the running cost of each Senator is N13.1 million in addition to a consolidated salary of N750,000 per month", he said in a statement released yesterday day. It pricked my conscience and I made a decision to burst the bubble and open the National Assembly to public scrutiny.

The Nigerian Senate on Sunday disclosed that the N13.5 million paid monthly to members of the upper parliament was included in the National Assembly budget.

The Federal Government should, as a matter of urgency, halt the payment of double salary and allowances to a number of legislators and ministers.

He called on "all lovers of democracy and public accountability in Nigeria" to rally round the senator "by ensuring that he is not harassed".

In view of the duty imposed on all authorities and persons in Nigeria by virtue of section 287 of the Constitution, to comply with the judgment of every competent court, Senator Sani can not be penalised for disclosing the salaries and allowances of federal legislators in compliance with the valid and subsisting orders of the Federal High Court.

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