Nigeria’s Senate Chamber
ABUJA – Senate spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi has said the statements made by his colleague from Kaduna State, Senator Shehu Sani, on the salaries and funds for running of offices of Senators did not disclose anything new.
According to Abdullahi, the figure Sani gave out about running cost of the offices of Senators were contained in various line items and expenditure heads of  the budget of the National Assembly which has been made public.

He also dismissed any insinuations that Sani’s colleague were unhappy with him and said if people had looked critically at the budget of the National Assembly which has since been made public, they would have seen that various line items like traveling, medicals, consultancy and the rest were captured in the budget and they were the funds divided for each Senator’s use.

“Almost all holders of elective and appointive offices have running costs allocated to their offices and that cannot be said to be part of their salaries”, Abdullahi stated.

 
Recall that Senator Sani had in a statement last week said among others things that: “I think what we can say is that the running cost of a senator is N13.5 million every month.

“Though no specific instruction on what the fund should be used for, lawmakers must provide receipts to back up their expenses from the running costs.

“The running cost is in addition to funds earmarked for each senator for constituency projects.”