“You’re giving half-truths” – Sagay tackles Lawan over N750,000 senator’s salary claims

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The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has said that Senate President Ahmed Lawan was not entirely being truthful when he said he only earns N750,000 monthly salary and there was no such thing as jumbo pay for lawmakers.

Lawan stated this when members of the Senators’ Forum paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja on Tuesday.

Reacting to the claim, Sagay said a senator earns N15 million monthly, and not N750,000 as claimed by Lawan, with a large chunk of the sum coming as 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,” The Punch quoted Sagay as saying.

“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 N 13.5 m a month. So, simply mentioning the base salary, which brings it over N14 m, 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.”

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