Coronavirus: Please stop collecting rent for now till business is stable - Expert begs landlords
- Landlords have been implored to give 2-month free rent to their tenants as the COVID-19 lockdown bites harder
- The plea was made in Kaduna by an interfaith specialist, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani
- Tijjani said that landlords should show care and love to their tenants especially during the COVID-19 lockdown
In order to reduce the people's suffering over the coronavirus lockdown, the landlords in Kaduna state have been urged to give two months free rent to their tenants.
Daily Trust reports that the two-month free rents would cushion the effects of the current economic hardship people are being faced with over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legit.ng gathered that the newspaper noted that the call was made by an interfaith specialist, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, and the general overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Pastor Yohanna Buru in separate interviews.
“This is the best time for landlords to show care to their tenants that have been living in their property for many years. Many families have been thrown into uncertainty due to lack of funds leading to increasing domestic violence among couples amid the coronavirus lockdown,” Ramatu said.
She said landlords should offer support and understanding at this critical time and not disturb their tenants about payment of rent.
“Please stop collecting rent for now till business is stable because everyone is locked inside, especially based on the fact that most of the tenants are small scale businessmen and women and the lockdown has crippled their businesses,’’ she said.
While calling on religious leaders to continue praying for God’s intervention on the coronavirus, she urged individuals and faith-based organisations to provide food to the needy.
On his part, Pastor Buru called on landlords to cut-down the rent of their houses.
He said: “Although the landlords argue that they also have bills to pay, they should, as a matter of concern, find a way of striking a balance in order to ease the suffering of the masses.”
According to the newspaper, a landlord at the Mando community in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state, Musa Salisu, said: “I never disturb my tenants to pay rent and I am not going to start now because I know they will pay me when they have the money.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the speaker of Edo state House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, called for a collective fight against the coronavirus pandemic as he survived the scare of the virus after testing negative twice.
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It was reported that Okiye tested positive to the global pandemic and the information of his COVID-19 status was disclosed by the Edo state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, while briefing journalists on Wednesday, March 25.
He was said to have contracted the disease during his visit to the United Kingdom and was afterwards subjected to treatment after showing symptoms.
But speaking on Tuesday, April 21, on his survival journey, Okiye disclosed that what saved him was early treatment after he became symptomatic.
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