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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Reps to donate 2-months salaries to fight COVID-19

Members of the House of Representatives have resolved to donate their two months salaries to the fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who made the announcement via social media, on Tuesday, said the donation would be their March and April salaries.

He said the two-month salary donation would be independent of the contributions by individual lawmakers to alleviate the hardships being faced by their constituents “at this time of national emergency.”

He said the green chamber would monitor the distribution and usage of cash and the material donations

He also called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to give cash grants to 774 LGAs.

The Senate had on Monday pledged that Senators would sustain the donation of half of their salaries to the Federal Government until the nation is free of the pandemic.

Gbajabiamila had earlier on Sunday, via his Twitter handle, @femigbaja, said, “I just presided over an emergency meeting of the body of principal officers of @HouseNGR today Sunday, where we deliberated on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know that the pandemic affects all our constituents and Nigerians can be assured of our legislative intervention.”

According to a statement issued by his media office on Tuesday, which accompanied his video message to Nigerians, the Speaker said starting from March salary, the lawmakers’ donation would be transferred directly to the National Relief Fund account for the fight against the pandemic.
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