Nigerian govt spends N8.3trn on officials, can’t give ASUU N1trn – Ndume


Sen. Ali Ndume has criticized the Nigerian government for earmarking trillions of naira for public officials.

Ndume wants 50 percent of National Assembly members’ salaries allocated to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) members.

The Borno South lawmaker, on Thursday, reacted to the half pay to lecturers.

The former Senate Leader noted that legislators assemble twice in a week most of the time and get paid.

“Even if it means that the National Assembly will reduce sitting allowances or be paid on casual allowances basis, let it be”, NAN quoted him saying.

Ndume said Nigeria budgeted 20.5 trillion for 2023 but can’t give ASUU N1trillion to address the lingering challenges of the education sector.

The politician further lamented that students were forced to stay at home for eight months doing nothing.

“If you can spend N8.3trillion on public servants, why don’t you spend N1trillion in public universities?” He queried.

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