Stella Dimoko Senator Shehu Sani Reveals Each Sen. Gets N13.5m Every Month Minus Salaries


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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Senator Shehu Sani Reveals Each Sen. Gets N13.5m Every Month Minus Salaries

Sen. Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central senatorial district, has revealed he and his colleagues receive N13.5 million monthly as running cost.

According to the senator, the running cost was in addition to over N700,000 monthly consolidated salary and allowances of each senator. "I think what we can say is that the running cost of a senator is N13.5 million every month."

Sani said this in an interview he granted THENEWS magazine but was made available online by Sahara Reporters.

His words: “What I am saying is that that money (N13.5 million per month) must be receipted for what you do with it. But what you are given to go and spend without any accountability is N750,000.00. The constituency project itself is given on a zonal basis and almost every senator will go with a constituency fund of about N200 million, but it is not the cash that is given to you.
You will be told that you have N200 million with an agency of government for which you will now submit projects equivalent to that amount. And it is that agency of government that will go and do those projects for you.

Now, the corruption comes when the projects are not done and the money is taken. But right now, it is difficult to do that because NGOs and transparency groups have come into it. They track every allocation made to you and where they are being used. So, it’s becoming difficult for what used to happen in the past to happen now. But I can tell you that I would love a situation where we do away with running costs, constituency projects and leave senators and members of house of reps with salaries. And also, the public should be informed that nobody should come to any senator’s house asking for any kobo. That also would be helpful.

The lawmaker said he was against the idea of legislators carrying out constituency but said constituents might not know the relevance of lawmakers if they do not construct projects in their constituencies.

There are issues that we need to understand. First, I don’t believe that members of the national or even state assemblies should be involved in carrying out what is called constituency projects. When people are elected into the national assembly, they should just be involved in lawmaking, raising motions, bills and also performing oversight functions. But we live in a society where people cannot differentiate between the legislators and the executive.

When the people come to you, they want you to build roads, dig boreholes, build hospitals, schools, give money, pay school fees for them. Now, if we have a society in which people will stop asking legislators to do those things, then there is no need (for the allowances) But funny enough, if you are very active in the national assembly in making laws and you don’t embark on projects in your constituency, you cannot in any way be appreciated by the people you are there to serve because the electorates in United States are different from the electorates in the United States and Africa.

We live in an underdeveloped society with a lot of poverty, misery and wants. What people want is for you to address those basic fundamental issues that affect their lives. If we can be done with that, it would be okay. Now, you are talking of bogus salaries and bogus allowances – there are three steps you need to consider – the first has to do with the fact when you represent the people, expectations arose from your immediate and the larger constituencies.

But I agree with you that the salaries and allowances of lawmakers should not be discreet, but what is discreet about it when you can write to Resource and Fiscal Mobilization Commission to get everything about what a senator earns?
The only money you are not expected to account for is your salary and the salary of a senator is about N750, 000.00 per month. The other one, the running cost of office must be accounted for. You must provide a receipt for every expense you make.”


  1. Immmmaagine! What if I send monkeys, Dragons, elephants, snakes to their individual bank accounts now.

  2. This table senator Sani is shaking have every senator on it!
    Probe the receipts u will see scooping of gutter N13,493,000.00 only.
    God is heaven looking at all of una!

    Just Krix!

  3. No Nigerian politician will make heaven, when redeemed senior pastor and our Vice President said that Christians and southerners benefited more from this present government then I remember what the Bible said! A camel can easily pass through the eye of a niddle than for a Nigerian politician to enter heaven!

    Just Krix!

  4. His explanations are quiet clear.But in my country, A isn't always A.Corruption always finds it's way into the most transparent policy.

  5. Lawmakers should leave projects alone and face lawmaking strictly. No allowance or other benefits aside salary. Lobatan

  6. Enter your comment...senator sani should have proposed a bill,on senator's salaries shoud be benched at our present minimum wage...Let who will contest for the post in d next general election.

  7. No wonder they carry girls upandan. Dem de chop belleful when those that voted them in barely eat three square meals.

  8. These people are swindling the masses. They wont execute any contract yet they will go home with the money. Thats how they will be commissioning borehole upandan with a whooping 200million

  9. I don't know why this Sani is not thinking presidency. I like this man.

  10. We have the most useless lawmakers in the world. They are there to represent the masses but instead they are representing their pockets. 90% of them have no business in the assembly.

  11. I don't blame them one bit. Nigerians deserve these people. Fight the way...they are fighting pastors. Even countries at the bottom of the food chain are rising up against their leaders but Nigerians will rather argue about the most useless things then blame Pastors for what they're scared to blame govt. Inshort they should increase the money to 30million. Shey we love to suffer and smile...good for us.

  12. They are just there for the money

  13. And Sahara Reporters are running their mouth that Ekwerenmadu owns houses in UAE and others. My Boss that earns just N15million net monthly, and had worked for over 18 years own houses in Canada, USA, Uk and his target this year is to own one in Germany. If you want to accuse one of corruption state the person's crime, either embezzlement or looting and not publishing ones years of achievements. I think EFCC are yet to know the meaning of corruption. Somebody had worked for 5years and own more than 5 plots of land in Lekki and its Ekwerenmadu that is over 50years.


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