ASUU: Ndume tells the FG that lawmakers’ salaries should be cut by half.

Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) has urged the Federal Government to slash National Assembly members’ salaries by half in order to fund the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in order to meet their pressing demands.

This was stated by Ndume in response to the alleged half-pay to ASUU members in Maiduguri on Thursday.

The former Senate Leader suggested that the federal government form a high-powered standing committee of respected educators and patriotic Nigerians to meet with ASUU leadership to address the pressing issues.

He said, “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.

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

According to Ndume, civil servants who worked from home during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic were paid their full monthly salaries and allowances.

He said, “So why will the federal government cut university lecturers’ salaries because they went on legitimate strike? Constitutionally, they’re fighting for their rights and privileges.”

Ndume added, “As a matter of priority and as a public servant in the legislative chambers, we do not work, so why don’t you just give us half salaries and then pay ASUU.”

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