Nigeria senators have agreed to donate half of their March salaries to government to fight against the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who confirmed this said that his colleagues had started donating half of their March salaries but that They are still consulting among themselves on the amount to cut from their own portion of the N128bn National Assembly budget approved for the year.
He said, “We’ve already given out 50 per cent of our salaries like ministers, (to government) amidst other individual efforts to our constituents
our correspondent gathered that the senators have started sending half of their salaries to a dedicated account, being coordinated by the Senate Committee on House Services.
But the Leader of the Senate, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, however differs says the senators were still consulting on the matter, and that the senators would not do exactly what the ministers have done. “We are not doing exactly what the ministers have done.”
Abdullahi also said that the leadership of the National Assembly had not agreed on when to reconvene and review the 2020 national budget.
Nigeria’s 43 ministers had last week announced the donation of 50 per cent of their March 2020 salaries to support the Federal Government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.