Lawmaker, Senator Ali Ndume had urged the Federal Government to reduce salaries of Lawmakers to enable them pay up the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
He said this reacting to the alleged half-pay to the ASUU members in Maiduguri on Thursday.
According to Ndume, lawmakers only meet twice a week and shouldn’t get as much as they are paid
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.”
“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, he added