Nigerian lawmakers have allocated N23.7 billion as severance gratuity for outgoing lawmakers of the National Assembly.
The sum will likewise cover allowances for incoming legislators, their associates, funds for National Assembly acceptance and introduction of the ninth Senate.
The benefit was caught as a different detail in the 2019 appropriation bill passed by the lawmakers on Tuesday.
The amount was broken down to N23, 678, 770, 079 in the bill.
Details of the disbursement were not made available.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had on April 12 discharged details of the 2018 National Assembly spending plan in a tweet.
In the outline page, the 45-page archive demonstrated that N139.5 billion was planned for the National Assembly in 2018.
Of this sum, N35 billion was assigned to the Senate, while the House of Representatives got N57 billion.
About N10 billion was planned for legislative aides, the National Assembly Office got N15 billion and the National Assembly Commission got N2 billion.
About N4.4 billion was designated to the National Assembly Legislative Institute and N1 billion was appropriated for the service-wide vote of the legislature.
The revelation came in the midst of pressure t from Nigerians for the National Assembly to make its spending open.
In spite of this, in any case, the National Assembly neglected to discharge figures of details in its 2018 spending plan.
‘Explanations behind tremendous severance package’
The chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje gave reasons for the increment.
Exhibiting the committee’s report on Tuesday, Mr Goje said such package only comes up once in 4 years
“There is a slight increment in the spending deficiency. This is because of the arrangement for severance advantages of the outgoing legislators and legislative aides, the induction/introduction and inauguration of new legislators, all of which happen once in four years, yet were unintentionally not caught in the 2019 budget proposal.
“There was also the need to provide more fund for the security and intelligence agencies to deal with additional, emerging, unforeseen challenges in the country,” he said.
The 2019 budget proposal was passed with an increase from N8.83 trillion proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari to N8.916.