- They have asked the leadership of the National Assembly and the House of Representatives to consider the plight of the people.
- The call was made by the Bishop, Anglican Diocese of the Niger West, Rt. Dr. Johnson Ekwe, lamented the insensitivity of the federal lawmakers while calling for a reduction in salary.
- The church has called on the federal government to reduce the money paid to politicians, lawmakers and others and use it to create jobs and tackle insecurity in Nigeria.
Anambra, Awka – Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Niger West, Rt. Dr. Johnson Ekwe has criticized members of the national assembly and political leaders for showing high level of insensitivity to the plight of the people they elect to power.
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The bishop expressed his concern that Nigerian politicians are receiving high salaries and some of them are demanding life pensions at a time when the country is facing hunger, unemployment and insecurity.
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He spoke to the prelate Legit.ng regional reporter in Anambra, Mokwugwo Solomon, on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at the 112th anniversary celebration of St. Gabriel Church Cathedral, Umueri, Anambra East LGA of Anambra State.
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He suggested that money paid to politicians in Nigeria should be drastically cut and reduced to raise funds to create jobs and fight insecurity.
“It is no longer a secret that Nigerian senators and members of the House of Representatives earn huge salaries. Nigeria has the highest paid members of the national assembly in the world. Go to state assemblies, the story is the same. Go to the presidency and state offices. Governors; same story.
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“The other time, members of parliament demanded life pensions for their senior members, in addition to the jumbo salaries they receive. It’s a load of insensitivity! What should be their concern is how to renew the economy, how to fight unemployment, insecurity and hunger. .
“Today people can’t ply the roads safely. There are thousands, dying like animals every day. Nigeria has leaders who never care. Look at how the dollar is going up against the naira non-stop. What should people in government do. The naira has no value in the world. talking when he doesn’t have
“It is a terrible insensitivity for politicians to continue to earn large salaries and other benefits – and some of them claim pensions for life, when a large population of their countrymen are out of work – and those who have jobs are underpaid. Other citizens, who do some work, and who are not paid for the work they do.
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“For this number of months, the universities are closed, and the political leadership who earn fat salaries say there is no money to pay their salaries. If Nigerian politicians were patriots, they should think of how to reduce and cut what they earn, because, many civil servants are retiring from the service without getting any pension.
“Nigerians are hungry, that’s why political leaders should look at how to revive the economy. They should make policies that will bring peace, improve the security of life and property and improve their living conditions. They should stop provoking Nigerians because the hungry man is angry. he is a man. God have mercy on the political leadership for their insensitivity towards Nigerians.”
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Senator Ali Ndume is making a case for the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the gratuity and other demands they have presented to the federal government.
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The member of parliament representing Borno-South has called on the government to cut the salaries of members of parliament by two to meet the demands of the union.
The pragmatic lawmaker made this submission on Thursday, November 10, stating that it will adapt to the circumstances of things and bring harmony if these steps are taken seriously.
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Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that President Buhari will make a decision on ASUU soon.
According to him, he was waiting for President Buhari to approve the payment proposal presented to him.
However, he said the Appropriation Bill 2023 includes N170 billion to provide a level of increase in the welfare package of university teachers.