Senator Ali Ndume,lawmaker representing Borno South has called on the federal government to slash salaries of workers, since they are yet to fully resume work as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The lawmaker also called for the immediate adoption of Part-time legislative status for the National Assembly so the country can have more money to pumped into capital.
Speaking during an interview on Channels television, he added that the pay cut can also be a means of sacrifice from the workers.
“As far as I’m concerned, we can make the National Assembly a part-time arrangement for now since we conduct our sitting once or twice in a week these days.
If we make it part time, that means our salaries must be reduced. The reality is that we can’t continue in a situation like this where 70 per cent of the country’s budget is going to personnel and recurrent expenditure as if everything is okay.
This is a time when we are borrowing to fund the budget and it would not be wise to be spending the money to pay for services not rendered.”
Nigerian senators are some of the highest paid in the world, earning about N13.5m as allowance alone in addition to monthly salaries of more than $2,000. The National minimum wage is however, pegged at N30,000, an amount many states of the Federation have found difficult to pay.