- The National Assembly has taken a laudable step to tackle coronavirus in Nigeria
- Senators have agreed to use half of their March salaries as an aid to the federal government
- This is indeed a philanthropic move by Nigerian lawmakers and it is no doubt praise-worthy
In a bid to assist the federal government in the fight against the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, the senators have made a bold sacrifice on behalf of the country.
Federal lawmakers on Monday, March 30, jointly decided to forgo half of their March salaries so as to raise funds that will be used to tackle the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.
In fact, some principal members of the Senate reached out to the senators to embark on the move, This Day reports.
The red chamber took a leaf from ministers in the country who recently agreed to use half of their salaries in the month for the same laudable cause.
Speaking earlier on what started as a proposal by principal members of the National Assembly, a high-ranking senator said that he believed that his colleagues will key into the vision.
The senator told journalists: “I can assure you that most if not all senators will key into the donation because we all know that nothing will be too small to support the Executive’s decision to wipe out Coronavirus epidemic from our country."
The decision of the red chamber was made public in a press statement published by Senator Godiya Akwashiki, the vice-chairman, Senate committee on media and public affairs.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following the spread of the global pandemic called coronavirus in Nigeria, the country's 43 ministers had donated 50% of their March salaries towards the efforts of the federal government to fight the virus.
The information was disclosed by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued by Segun Adeyemi, his special assistant and made available to Legit.ng on Saturday, March 28.
Mohammed in Abuja quoted Senator Gbemisola Saraki, the minister of state for transportation, who coordinated the donation, as saying the donation was a gesture of solidarity and support for the federal government’s efforts to tackle the disease.
The statement read in part: "This global virus outbreak will require nations, continents and smaller communities to pull together to contribute their resources and support one another. This will facilitate an early resolution of the problem.”
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