- Former Sokoto state governor has advised public and civil servants to volunteer a percentage of their salaries
- Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa explained that this would help the government with cushioning the effect of the pandemic on Nigerians
- The former governor had expressed worry over the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the country
Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, the former governor of Sokoto state has urged public and civil servants to sacrifice some percentage of their salary to enable the government to have more resources to share to those who do not have jobs.
He noted that the government would be able to buy foodstuff and distribute it to the vast majority of Nigerians that are not earning any salary.
According to Leadership, Bafarawa made the call while expressing worry over the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the country at a press conference in Sokoto state.
While noting that the virus remained a serious global concern, the former governor said that the pandemic is causing serious emotional frustration.
He went on to advise the government at all three tiers to find other ways of generating revenues to help cushion the effect of the lockdown on citizens.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain also explained that the sacrifice of all civil and public servants was for the overall benefit of humanity.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that in a spirit of true patriotism, lawmakers in the House of Representatives agreed to sacrifice their salaries for two months so as to raise funds that will be used to fight the spread of coronavirus in the country.
This philanthropic move by legislators in the green chamber was disclosed by the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday, March 31.
Gbajabiamila noted that the donations from all the 360 members of the House will be independent of the individual contributions to their respective constituents.
Similarly, Nigerian senators made a bold sacrifice on behalf of the country. Federal lawmakers on Monday, March 30, jointly decided to forgo half of their March salaries so as to raise funds that will be used to tackle the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.
In fact, some principal members of the Senate reached out to the senators to embark on the move.
In other news, as cases of coronavirus infections continue to rise, the federal government has raised an alarm that 80% of Nigerians infected with COVID-19 are not in isolation centres out of fear of being stigmatized.
The government while urging Nigerians to prepare for more difficult days ahead, warned that the effect of virus' transmission would be seen in three weeks as figures begin to rise through an increased number of fatalities.
This was revealed on Thursday, June 18, by Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
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