The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has announced that members of the House will be donating their two months salary to fight COVID-19.
The Speaker made this announcement in a video he shared on his twitter page on Tuesday.
Gbajabiamila said he had directed the clerk of the National Assembly to see that two months salaries of all members of the Green Chamber are transferred to the National Relief Fund.
He said, “We have in the House of Representatives jointly committed to contributing one hundred percent (100%) of our salaries for the next two months to the fight against 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.
“Accordingly, 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 this virus and to improve the living conditions of citizens in their various constituencies.
The speaker also urged Nigerians not to panic and adhere strictly to the preacutions and guidelines to defeat corona virus scourge.
He said, “Do not panic but make sure that those around you understand the risks of this disease and the challenges we face and must overcome together. If we do all that we are called to do at this time, it won’t be long now before we can with joy and thanksgiving together declare mission accomplished.”
Nigeria has so far recorded 135 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with two deaths.