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COVID-19 lockdown extension: Kaduna to spend another N500m or more on palliative

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Kaduna state government has said it will make provision for low-income earners, poor and the vulnerable in its 23 local government areas during the extension of 30 days quarantine period imposed on the state, owing to COVID-19 pandemic.

Kaduna state governor, Mall Nasir El-Rufai, disclosed this in a statement issued on the extension of 30 days’ lockdown imposed on the state, beginning from Monday, April 27, according to the release signed by his media adviser, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye.

Recalled that Kaduna state reportedly spent N500 million worth of palliative on poorest of the poor during the first-phase of the lockdown, which generated a lot of controversies, following the distribution formula used. 

The governor stated that, “The extension of the quarantine conditions imposes an obligation to make provision for the low-income, poor and vulnerable persons that would be adversely affected, as they may be unable to earn any income, while the lockdown persists. 

“The state government has done a first-phase of distribution of food across 59 community clusters in nine local government areas. The next phase will be conducted across the 23 local government areas.

“To fund the provision of these support packages, the Kaduna State Government expects all those fortunate enough to still earn a regular income to live up to their neighbourly responsibility towards those, who are unable to earn any money, due to no fault of theirs.

“Therefore, the less than 100,000 persons, who work for the Kaduna State Government as political appointees and public servants, must contribute financially towards enabling the almost 10m persons living in the state to survive and thrive in this emergency period.

“Therefore, the Kaduna State Government has directed all its senior appointees, including Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Special Advisers and Heads of Agencies to each donate N500,000 in April 2020.

“In subsequent months, they will donate 50% of their salaries until the quarantine ends. Other categories of political appointees will also be making monthly donations to support the provision of relief to the low-income, poor and vulnerable residents of the state.

“Career public servants earning a net pay of N67,000 and above after tax will also donate 25% of their pay monthly whilst the quarantine conditions are in place. No public servant will have less N50,000 monthly to manage in this emergency period.

“The Kaduna State Government has also directed the Ministry for Local Government to ensure that local government chairmen are fully involved in enforcing the quarantine orders in their council areas.

“The Ministry of Local Government has also reminded traditional and community leaders of their obligation to report violations of quarantine conditions in their localities. Places of worship that violate the quarantine orders, in any form, will lose their titles to the land and the buildings will be demolished.” 

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