Kwara state governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Sunday rallied support for the state’s campaign to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19) from entering the state.
The governor also announced the donation of 100% of his 10-month salary from May 29, 2019 to date, to his administration’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“While our state does not have a confirmed case of coronavirus at this time, we have taken all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Kwara. These measures included keeping our people at home while we increase investments in our ability to cope with this global health emergency, “said AbdulRazaq in a statement issued by his chief press secretary Rafiu Ajakaiye.
“This time calls for sacrifice from everyone as humanity needs all the help it can get. For this reason, I am hereby donating 100% of my monthly salary since May 29, 2019 when I was sworn in to our efforts to prevent this virus from getting to us, provide palliatives to our people, as well as boost our capacity to cope if it ever comes.”
The Governor also commended members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for donating half their monthly salary to the national efforts to fight the virus.
“I single out my brother and sister Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Senator Gbemisola Saraki, who are both ministers, for their roles in this humanitarian gesture. And, on behalf of the people and government of Kwara State, I express our deepest appreciation to Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu and Mr Tony Elumelu for their generous donations to Kwara State,” the statement added.
“It is against this background that I appeal to all well-meaning corporate bodies and individuals to emulate these great Nigerians by joining our efforts in Kwara State. Donations can be made to the Kwara State Technical Commitee. People may also donate food stuffs for release to the poor people to further ease our campaign to keep the virus out of Kwara.
“Finally, I have directed the technical committee on COVID-19 to begin distribution of palliatives, including food stuffs, to the people this week even as I call on everyone to stay at home and stay safe and maintain social distancing.”