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Senators to earn N506, 600 each as wardrobe allowance –Not outrageous figures speculated

In order to clear the air of all insinuations that has trail the issue of senators wardrobe allowance, the Punch news paper reported that the Chairman of Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission, Mr. Elias Mbam, said on Wednesday that each senator earns a yearly sum of N506, 600, per annum, as wardrobe allowance not outrageous figure being speculated by members of the public.

Mbam, who paid a courtesy visit to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his office, said wardrobe

allowance was designed for public officers in order to assist them to dress properly.

He said the money, which was 25 per cent of their basic salaries, did not include housing and other allowances.

He said, “It is 25 per cent of the basic salary for senators and if you apply that, every senator will receive N506, 600 per annum. House of Representatives members receive less but I don’t have the figure. It is less than that.

“Certainly there are other allowances. There is utility allowance, there is Housing, there is entertainment allowance and at the end of the service, there is severance allowance.”

Mbam said that his agency would soon carry out a downward review of the allowances of lawmakers due to parameters such as the state of the economy, rate of inflation, capacity to pay, and the reality of the day.

He said, “The commission is currently reviewing the 2008 Remuneration Act and hopefully we expect it will be ready by the end of the third quarter and once we are ready, we will make it public and of course, present it to the National Assembly.”

He pledged that his agency would soon publish a comprehensive list of the allowances accruable to public officers including the lawmakers, on its website to avoid misinformation.

Saraki seized the occasion to warn government agencies which were not remitting Federal Government’s revenue to the Federation Account to desist because the current administration would no longer condone such act.

He noted that non-compliance by agencies of government to remit revenue had brought major setback to governance.

He said the Senate would offer necessary support to punish any erring agency that indulges in diverting government revenue to illegal channels.

He said, “Monetary revenue and allocation is a serious challenge to our economy. Though, diversification of economy is very important, it’s not an overnight issue. We must block every leakage in government revenue.

“We made campaign promises to Nigerians and we must fulfill all our pledges. It cannot be business as usual. We will do everything within our capacity to elevate the living standard of Nigerians.”

Saraki also said that the N8.64bn bogus wardrobe allowance to lawmakers reported in the media was not correct.