This is coming from the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), who has admonished the president of the 9th senate to stop misleading Nigerians, as senators earn N15m monthly in reality.
Lawan had said on Tuesday that there was no such thing as ‘jumbo pay’, adding that he earns N750,000 as salary.
Sagay however said while briefing newsmen on Wednesday that Nigerians were more interested in how much senators take home monthly in salary and allowances.
The senior advocate said Lawan was only speaking half truth because everyone knows that the bulk of the money earned by senators is embedded in their allowances.
“He (Lawan) knows that nobody will take him seriously. I respect and like him but what he has done is to give half-truth. He is telling us the actual salary without mentioning anything about the allowances.
“That’s where the jumbo pay comes in when you talk of building, furniture, domestic this or that, 15 items and those items alone bring everything up to N13.5m a month. So, simply mentioning the base salary, which brings it over N14m, is not sufficient.
“So, technically, he’s right, that’s their salary. But what is his income, take-home pay, at the end of the month? It’s about N15m and we are not including so many other things we need not talk about now.
He also said that presiding officers of the National Assembly earn more than ordinary members.
He, therefore, asked Lawan to come clean.
“Not only that; that leadership of the two houses earn a lot more — tremendous amounts. I don’t really want to go into issues not to create controversy but what he’s saying now is pure technical truth about salary but not about allowances, which is where the jumbo really is,” Sagay said.