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COVID-19 Senator Ali Ndume suggests salary slash for temporarily inactive civil servants

Senator Ali Ndume has suggested that salary of civil servants who no longer go to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic should be slashed.

This suggestion was given by Senator Ndume, the Senate Chairman committee on Army when he spoke at a media briefing in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state on Monday, June 8.

He said despite the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state and Federal government are spending more to sustain personnel and non personnel cost. He opined that those who are not going to work now should be given palliatives and paid less.

”The government should critically look at the recurrent and personnel expenditure which consumes about 70% of the budget. More should be pumped into Capital. People should make sacrifice. This is the time to look at issues critically. 

I think there shoukd be more sacrifice especially on the personnel side. How can you sustain the same personnel and overhead cost when even the work they 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 can’t work because of the pandemic, then you should be given palliatives and be paid less”, he said

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