The Nigerian government spends N8.3 trillion on officials but cannot afford to give ASUU N1 trillion, according to Ndume.

Sen. Ali Ndume has slammed Nigeria’s government for allocating trillions of naira to public officials.

Ndume wants Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) members to receive 50% of National Assembly salaries.

On Thursday, the Borno South legislator reacted to the half-pay for lecturers.

The former Senate Leader noted that legislators usually meet twice a week and are paid.

“Even if it means that the National Assembly will reduce sitting allowances or be paid on casual allowances basis, let it be”, NAN quoted him saying.

Ndume said Nigeria budgeted 20.5 trillion for 2023 but can’t give ASUU N1trillion to address the lingering challenges of the education sector.

The politician further lamented that students were forced to stay at home for eight months doing nothing.

“If you can spend N8.3trillion on public servants, why don’t you spend N1trillion in public universities?” He queried.

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