COVID-19: We Didn’t Donate Our Salaries Voluntarily – Lawmaker Says

A lawmaker representing Niger State Lado Suleja says members were “forced” to donate two months salary to support the fight against Coronavirus pandemic.

Suleja who represents Gurara/Suleja/Tafa federal constituency of Niger disclosed this to journalists in Niger.

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The lawmakers said his colleagues were not very happy about the donation.

Thecable reports that the spokesman of the House of Assembly did not respond to inquiries made regarding the matter.

It could be recalled that the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila had announced the lawmaker’s willingness to donate their March and April salaries to support the Federal government in the fight against COVID-19.

He said, “We have in the house of representatives jointly committed to contributing one hundred per cent of our salaries for the next two months to the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.”

“Starting from March salary, the lawmakers’ donation will be transferred directly to the National Relief Fund account for the fight against COVID-19.”

Reacting, Suleja said the salaries were forcefully donated as lawmakers did not give their consents.

“Even though we were forced to donate our two months salary, we still help the poor with the little that we have and we will continue doing it till the end of this virus,” he said.

Though acknowledging the donation will help a long way to assist in the pandemic, Suleja noted that “most of us were not happy about it.”

He compared the situation to the complaints from workers who had expressed displeasure about the deduction of their salaries without their consents.

Nigerian Senators and Ministers had in the past weeks given up their salaries to fund the battle against the COVID-19.

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