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ASUU: Reduce Lawmakers salary – Ndume

The lawmaker representing Borno South in the upper chamber, Senator Ali Ndume has called on the Federal Government to find a solution to the lingering issue with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, by reducing the salaries of the Federal Lawmakers and remitting it to the union.

He made the suggestion in Maiduguri while reacting to the huge amount allocated to public officials and paying those that work in the university half of what they are meant to earn.

He was quoted as saying “We only assemble twice or so in a week and get paid as such.”

“Even if it means that the National Assembly will reduce sitting allowances or be paid on casual allowances basis whenever they sit at the Lower and upper chambers, by cutting the recurrent expenditure in the budget of the federal lawmakers to settle the ASUU arrears, let it be.

He argued further that civil servants who worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic were paid their salaries and allowances in full, and he cannot see a reason why people who are fighting for their legitimate right should not be paid in full.

Speaking further, he said N1trillion should not be too much to give to the union to address issues in the education sector out of the N20.5 trillion budgeted by the country.

Recall that ASUU recently ended a 8-months long strike over payment issues with the FG which disrupted the academic calendars of institutions across Nigeria.

For the records, 8.3trillion is being spent on public servants yearly.

Akintayo Adams
Akintayo Adams
Hello, I'm Adams, 25, from Ibadan, Southwest, Nigeria. I work as a content writer at Daily News Chronicle and my job is to keep you informed.
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