President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan; his deputy, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila; Deputy Speaker, Mr Ahmed Idris, and 465 other lawmakers are set to receive at least N32.83bn as welcome package, the investigation has shown.
It was learned that the lawmakers start receiving the money from Monday.
A member of the federal legislature management confirmed the development to one of our correspondents on the condition of anonymity on Saturday.
He had also yet to reply the text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.
The welcome package comprises annual accommodation allowance, furniture allowance, and motor vehicle loan. It will also include the salaries and allowances of the lawmakers for the first month and the running or overhead cost for the first three months.
There was an indication that the running cost might have been enhanced as each member of the House of Representatives might receive as much as N70m.
Although it could not be ascertained what a senator would receive, traditionally, senators are paid higher than the House of Representatives members. If a Rep receives N70m, a senator may receive up to N10m.
However, N32.83m is the summation of N70m into 469 places which is the total number of lawmakers at the federal level.
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