In a video shared on Facebook on Tuesday 31 March, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker House of Representative made the announcement that the entire members of the House of Representatives have resolved to donate their 2-months salary to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
This is coming after their Senate counterpart had announced the donation of 50% of their salary.
“We have in the House of Representative jointly committed to contributing 100% of our salaries for the next two months to fight against the COVID-19 in Nigeria.”
“Our contribution will support provisions for the welfare of frontline medical professionals and health workers, and other interventions to provide for the wellbeing of all Nigerians through these trying times.”
“Although I have directed the clerk to the National Assembly, to see to it that all members’ salaries are transferred to the National Relief Fund for this month and the next.”
“This is independent of ongoing individual efforts by members to alleviate the suffering brought on by the virus and to improve the living conditions of the citizens in their various constituencies,” Gbajabiamila said.
Additionally, the Speaker also said the House has appealed to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to make cash grants to 774 local government areas in the country to relieve the sufferings of the masses.
“The House also calls on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as part of its policy measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, to immediately direct cash grants to provide food and other essentials to at-risk individuals and communities,” he said.
BY HANYTA OGBE