Coronavirus: Gov Lalong slashes allowances of politicians

Coronavirus: Gov Lalong slashes allowances of politicians

- Plateau governor has slashed allowances of political office holders in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic

- According to the governor, allowances of political office holders will be slashed by 50 per cent

- All around the world, governments are taken very hard decisions to cope financially with the coronavirus epidemic

Plateau governor, Simon Lalong has slashed the allowances of politicians in the state amid the coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria.

Lalong revealed this on Tuesday, March 24 during a state-wide broadcast to residents of Plateau on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

According to him, recurrent expenditure other than salaries and pensions will be cut by 40 per cent; and allowances of political office holders will be slashed by 50 per cent.

Coronavirus: Gov Lalong slashes allowances of politicians

Gov Lalong has taken the route of global governments by slashing allowances of politicians amid the pandemic
Source: UGC

He viewed with dismay non-compliance with the outright suspension of anniversaries and cultural festivals as well as the inability of some schools to close as directed as an attempt to test the will of the government and endanger public safety and risk the lives of innocent citizens.

“I have directed security agencies to begin enforcement and anyone found violating these orders should be arrested. Should the situation continue this way, we shall not hesitate to impose a complete lockdown in order to save the lives of our people.

“To ensure total compliance, the government has set up a task force on enforcement and monitoring, which will be personally chaired by me to coordinate, evaluate and review developments on the disease in the state,” he said.

All around the world, governments are taken very hard decisions amid the coronavirus epidemic.

In Singapore, the country's president, cabinet ministers, and political office holders say will take a one-month pay cut to “show solidarity with fellow Singaporeans.”

The move was to enable public servants at the front line of the fight against coronavirus receive a special bonus of up to a month’s salary, including health care workers and some officers at agencies that have been directly involved with the epidemic response.

The Hong Kong government followed suit with a statement from its leader saying officials are In order to “riding out the difficult times with the public.”

The Hong Kong government had earlier offered front line medical staff working in high-risk areas a bonus of 20% of their daily basic salary.

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Meanwhile, Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma, has fulfilled his promise to donate medical equipment to tackle coronavirus in Africa.

African countries have been receiving the donations since Sunday, March 22 when the first batch of equipment arrived Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The flight carried 5.4 million face masks, kits for 1.08 million detection tests, 40,000 sets of protective clothing and 60,000 sets of protective face shields.

Nigeria has now received its own donation as an Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane landed on Tuesday, March 24 at Murtala Muhammed International Airport by 3.20 pm to deliver the medical supplies.

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