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Reportedly, Senators Distributed N218 Million in Alleged 'Holiday' Allowance Ahead of Akpabio's Announcement

 

 

 

Indications have surfaced, suggesting that Nigerian Senators purportedly divided N218 million as a “holiday” allowance.It has been gathered that each of the 109 senators received N2 million prior to the commencement of a seven-week recess in the red chamber.Notably, during a plenary session, Senate President Godswill Akpabio inadvertently disclosed the distribution of tokens to senators for their recess enjoyment. A video clip of Akpabio’s statement gained traction on social media.

 

 

The incident allegedly transpired after the senators had concluded the screening and confirmation of President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominees.”In order to enable all of us to enjoy our holidays, a token has been sent to our various accounts by the Clerk of the National Assembly,” Akpabio stated.Later, Akpabio retracted his statement, saying, “I withdraw that statement. In order to allow you to enjoy your holiday, the senate president has sent prayers to your mailboxes to assist you to go on a safe journey and return.”

 

 

According to an anonymous source cited by Premium Times, bank alerts were received by the senators on 8 August, just prior to Akpabio’s announcement.However, the source did not confirm whether presiding officers also received N2 million each. Nonetheless, it was confirmed that all 109 senators were granted the holiday allowance, which began on Monday and is scheduled to end on 26 September.

 

 

Corroborating this, an earlier report by Naija News revealed that Abdul Ningi, a lawmaker representing Bauchi Central senatorial district, disclosed the recess “token” amount that lawmakers had received.Ningi stated that some lawmakers received N2 million as a recess allowance, although he personally claimed not to have received his own.Senator Ningi, speaking days after Akpabio’s statement, affirmed that some lawmakers had indeed received an allowance, as previously hinted.

 

 

During an interview with Channels TV, he remarked, “Nothing has come to my account yet. I heard that some people got N2m but for me, nothing yet. Hopefully [I would get] when they tidy up things.”Furthermore, it was noted that the N2 million allowance bestowed upon the senators is potentially unlawful, as no provision for such disbursement exists in the remuneration package sanctioned by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). This body is authorized by law to establish salaries and allowances for public servants.

 

As per RMAFC, legislators are entitled to a “recess” allowance amounting to 10% of their annual basic salary, which is disbursed once annually.The commission outlines that in a package formulated by RMAFC, a senator earns N2,026,400 per annum, translating to a recess allowance of N202,240. The annual basic salary for the Senate President is N2,483,242, resulting in a recess allowance of N248,424, while the Deputy Senate President, with an annual basic salary of N2,309,166, receives a recess allowance of N230,916.

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SOURCE: REUBENABATI NEWS

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