The Nigerian Senate, has announced the decision by 109 Senators to contribute 50 percent of their salaries from March 2020, to support the current efforts of the Federal Government towards curbing the spread of the coronavirus, aka Covid-19, in the country.
The Acting Spokesman of the Senate, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, announced the decision in a Press statement, in Abuja, on Monday.
According to him: “After due consultations, following a keen review of the national efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the Senate wishes to announce that from March, Senators will be donating 50 percent of their salaries to the efforts at stopping the spread of the disease.
“This monthly contribution from the Upper Legislative Chamber, will be sustained until Nigeria is declared safe from the ravages of this deadly disease.
“The Senate commends the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari and the administration, towards the goal of securing our nation against this plague.
“The Senate is willing and ready to do whatever is required of the Legislature for the effectiveness of all the measures in place now, or that may be required in the future to win the fight against this menace.
“The Senate commends all Agencies of the Federal and State levels, for working in collaboration to protect public health across the country.
“It also acknowledges the patriotic response of public-spirited individuals and organisations, who have contributed in one way or the other in support of this fight.”
The Senate, appealed to citizens to comply with the directives on social distancing and observance of basic rules of hygiene as explained by public health Officials, as the most effective ways for protection of oneself, families, and the country against Covid-19.
“This is a global adversity that is testing the wit and resilience of mankind all over the world. By staying resolute and each of us responsibly playing their role, Covid-19 like all epidemics before it, will soon be pushed into history”, Akwashiki said on behalf of the 9th Senate.