Senator Ali-Ndume Calls for Slash in Workers’ Salaries
Ali Ndume, a lawmaker representing Borno South in the Nigerian Senate, has asked the Nigerian Government to cut workers’ salaries in order to cope with economic losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.
He disclosed this in an interview with Channels TV and aired his opinion that workers are currently on lockdown and should not be paid, and instead the funds should be diverted to other useful avenues.
He went on to say that he is aware that his opinion is not popular but in times like this, sacrifices have to be made for the betterment of the nation. He said, ““I think there should be more sacrifice, especially on the personnel side. How can you sustain the same personnel and overhead costs when even the work that you are doing, most people don’t go to the office now, and they are being paid fully for the month.
“Is there any justification for that? If you cannot work because of the pandemic, then you should be given palliatives and be paid less.”