A lawmaker representing Borno South in the Senate, Mohammed Ali Ndume, has advised federal and state governments to consider cutting down workers salaries this period.
According to him, there is no reason why workers should be paid their full salaries since they have not started working fully.
He said that workers should accept the salary cut as sacrifice but also proposed that they should be supported with palliatives.
He said, “Government should critically look at the personnel and recurrent expenditure which consumes about 70 per cent of the budget. Money should be pumped into capital.
“This is the time to look at issues critically. People should make sacrifices.But as I said, When I talk like this and make my opinion, people look at it and call me all sorts of names. But I try to express myself.
“I think there should be more sacrifice, especially on the personnel side. How can you sustain the same personnel and overhead costs when 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 cannot work because of the pandemic, then you should be given palliatives and be paid less.”