Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) has called on both the Federal Government and State Government to slash the salary of civil servants.
Speaking to newsmen in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Monday, Senator Ndume said civil servants who no longer go to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic should get a pay-cut.
According to the lawmaker, governments are spending more to sustain personnel and non-personnel despite the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The government should critically look at the recurrent and personnel expenditure which consumes about 70% of the budget,” Ndume said.
“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,” he added.