Senator Ali Ndume has urged the Federal Government to slash the Salary of National Assembly members by 50 percent and give the money to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in order to satisfy their urgent demands.
He gave the advice on Thursday in Maiduguri in response to the alleged half salary paid to ASUU members.
He recommended that the federal government form a powerful standing committee of reputable educators and patriotic Nigerians to meet with the ASUU leadership and discuss 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.”
“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.”