Slash salary of civil servants on lockdown – Senator Ndume tells FG, states

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Senator representing Borno South, Sen. Ali Ndume says there is no justification for the Federal and state governments to continue to pay full salaries to civil servants currently not going to work due to COVID-19 lockdown.

The senator said the salary of such a category of workers should be slashed while palliatives are provided for them to make up.

Ndume, who spoke during a press conference in Maiduguri, Borno State, said that the Federal and state governments should be seeking ways to cut personnel and non-personnel costs in view of the new COVID-19 economic realities.

He said, “The government should critically look at the recurrent and personnel expenditure which consumes about 70% of the budget.

“More should be pumped into Capital and people should make sacrifices because this is the time to look at issues critically.

“I think there should 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.”

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