Saraki speaks on increasing Senators’ allowances

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The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has clarified that there was no plan to Increase the allowances of  Senators.

Saraki stated this in a statement issued by  his Special Assistant on new Media, Olu Onemola, following reports in a section of the media that there were ongoing plans to increase the allowances of the lawmakers.

Olu was specifically responding to a tweet by the Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, which alleged that the Senate President plans to increase the allowances of Senators.

The rights group had raised alarm over alleged plans by Saraki plans to increase monthly allowance per senator to N15m which is contrary to the Salaries Act.

SERAP, in a statement on its Twitter page Tuesday, said, “Dear Bukola Saraki, Your alleged decision to increase monthly allowance per senator to N15m is contrary to the Salaries Act.

“Nigerians ask you to suspend the allowances until our suit on the matter is determined.

“There isn’t one law for lawmakers and one for the rest of the people.”

Reacting, Saraki through his aide, said, “Dear @SERAPNigeria, there is no such “alleged decision” to increase the allowances of Senators.

“An organization like yours needs to be more careful, especially when pushing out information meant for public consumption. Thank you.

“To avoid any doubt: there is no plan to amend the allowances of Senators. The tweet by @SERAPNigeria is baseless and untrue. The public should disregard this ENTIRELY.”

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