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Itse Sagay PACAC chairman says Senators earn N29.5m monthly

The PACAC chairman revealed that the country's Senators are sabotaging the anti-corruption war.

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Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay has criticised the Nigerian Senate for the extravagant income they are entitled to as lawmakers.

The PACAC chairman revealed that every Nigerian Senator earns N29.5 million per month and N3.2 billion per annum.

According to a report by The Nation, Sagay said besides a basic salary of N2.4 million per month, Nigerian Senators earn allowances such as hardship (50% of basic salary), newspaper allowance (50%), wardrobe allowance (25%), entertainment (30%), recess (10%), and leave (10%), among others.

He disclosed this while he was delivering a lecture at the Nigerian Society of International Law (NSIL) Public Lecture in Lagos on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

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While speaking on the topic 'The Many Afflictions of Anti-Corruption Crusade in Nigeria', he accused the Senate of being selfish to the nation's needs and resisting President Muhammadu Buhari's war on corruption as a result.

He said, "Perhaps the most notorious example of the legislators' resistance to the war against corruption is the rejection of the right of the executive to choose the persons who will spearhead that struggle.

"The clear impression is created that Nigerian legislators are in office for themselves and not for the populace.

"Not surprisingly, the National Assembly has not passed a single bill for the promotion of anti-corruption war since it commenced business in July 2015. The Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, the Proceeds of Crime Bill, and the Special Criminal Court Bill remain in a virtual state of stagnation."

"What evidence do we need to establish the hostility of the Eighth Assembly to the anti-corruption war?"

Sagay also said PACAC will push for the prosecution of bank chiefs who are aiding looters to move and hide stolen funds.

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