The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has said he decided to reveal the actual running costs received monthly by senators because he wants such payments to be stopped. .
Speaking with the BBC, Sani said it was necessary to stop the N13.5m monthly running costs to make the National Assembly attractive to only people who have ideas. .
He also accused the National Assembly of being one of the most non-transparent organs of government. “I decided to burst it open. It was a moral issue. The National Assembly is one of the most non-transparent organs of government. .
It pricked my conscience and I decided to burst the bubble and open the National Assembly to public scrutiny. If the payment system was ended then parliament would only be attractive to people who contribute ideas,” the senator said. .
Sani’s comments have attracted fresh controversy to the lawmakers, as he added that there is little accountability on the expenditure of the N13.5m, which they receive in addition to the over N700,000 monthly consolidated salaries and allowances accruing to each senator.
His revelation is the first by a lawmaker from the Senate since the clamour by Nigerians for a full disclosure of lawmakers’ earnings.