COVID-19: Reps disagree over donation of two months’ salaries

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Two members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday openly disagreed over the donation of two months’ salaries by the lawmakers to the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.

The member representing Vitara/Suleja/Tafa, Lado Suleja, aleged on a radio programme that they were “coerced” into donating their salaries.

“Though we were forced to donate our two months salary, we still help the poor with the little that we have and we will still continue doing it till we see the end of this virus,” Suleja said in Hausa language on Prestige FM 91.7 Minna.

When asked by the presenter to confirm if he said they were coerced into the donation, the lawmaker affirmed his earlier statement.

“Yes, we donated the salaries because of the progress of Nigeria but I’m assuring you, most of us were not happy about it, that’s the truth.

“It’s Just the way you see workers not happy about salary deductions without their consent.”

However, the lawmaker representing Egbeda/Ona Area federal constituency, Oloye Akin Alabi, debunked his colleague’s claim.

In a tweet, he said: “Lol. It was NOT against MY wish. I loved the fact that we donated it.”

House spokesman, Benjamin Kalu, had earlier said nobody was forced to give up his or her salary.

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