- Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has ordered the payment of May salaries to state workers without pay-cuts
- Matawalle said the gesture is a confirmation of his administration's commitment to workers' welfare
- The governor also said the prompt payment will allow Muslim faithful to celebrate Eid-Fitr festival without financial stress
As Eid Fitr, Muslims' festival marking the completion of Ramadan month knocks in, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has given directive for the prompt payment of May salaries to workers in the state.
The directive was contained in a statement issued by the government to the state ministry of finance, mandating the May salaries to be paid so that Muslims can celebrate Eid festival without financial stress.
Matawalle said his administration is committed to the welfare of the workers in the state. He stressed that since the payment, workers have been trooping to banks in delight.
He charged them to observe all the Covid-19 protocols as directed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for the purpose of having a disease-free state.
“The recent subsidy on rice to civil servants which payment was spread in four months is another demonstration of his commitment to the workers’ welfare," a statement by the governor's director-general on media, Yusuf Gusau, said.
“Zamfara state is the only state that paid the May 2020 salaries on the 18th of May and without any salary cuts for the purpose of improving the living standards of his workers.
“Since the commencement of the payment, ATM Machines and other places of commercial transactions have been overwhelmed by the happy civil servants over the unexpected development."
In a related development, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state has ordered the payment of May salaries to workers of the state amid preparations for the coming Eid-Fitr.
The governor made this known in a tweet on Tuesday, May 19, urging "workers to try and observe social distancing especially in the banks while making transaction to prevent further spread of the virus in the state."
Earlier Legit.ng reported that Badaru warned that the state may witness a spike in the novel coronavirus which could mount up to 20,000 cases.
Speaking at a press conference, the governor said that modelling experts have projected the worst scenario for the state as the pandemic spreads to eight out of 27 local government areas of Jigawa.
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