Minimum wage in Nigeria is $50 a month. But each senator earns $42,000 a month, in addition to $500,000 yearly constituency budget

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Nigerians continued to be outraged on Monday after a senator revealed that each Nigerian senator is given a budget of close to $40,000 a month to be used on expenses of their own choice.

Everyone of the 109 Nigerian senators also earns a salary of more than $2,000 a month, in addition to a yearly constituency budget of $500,000.

Why it matters: The minimum wage in Nigeria is $50 a month.

Senator Shehu Sani, a governing party politician revealed the figures last week, and called for the scrapping of the payments.

The revelations triggered outrage and condemnation from ordinary Nigerians and the civil society.

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