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COVID-19: El-Rufai demands 50% salaries of senior officials to feed the vulnerable in Kaduna

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We are using 50% of your salaries for vulnerable people in Kaduna,  El-Eufai tells  senior officials 

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai said, 50% of salaries of senior officials of Kaduna State would be used to purchase relief materials for the vulnerable people in the State.  


He ordered all senior civil servants and political appointees in the state to forfeit 50% of their salaries,  saying it would be used to fund the next phase of provision of relief materials. 


The media aide to the governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, in a statement on Monday, explained that those concerned by the governor’s order on salary cut include commissioners, permanent secretaries, special advisers, and heads of agencies.

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According to the statement, El-Rufai directed that each of the concerned persons should donate N500,000 in April 2020 while the 50 per cent salary donations would be effective in the subsequent months till the lockdown is lifted in the state.

“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.

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“The state government has done the 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 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 10 million persons living in the state to survive and thrive in this emergency period.

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“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,” the statement said.

Kaduna State has recorded 15 positive cases of the COVID-19 disease going by the latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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