The ‘Otoge’ governor declared his intention on fighting the global pandemic, keeping it away from the state by making a donation of 100% of his 10 months salary from May 29, 2019, to date.
Speaking in a statement issued by Rafiu Ajakaye, his Chief Press Secretary on Sunday, Abdulrazaq said; “Whereas our state has no confirmed case of Coronavirus as at now, we have been taking every step necessary to ensure we keep Kwara safe. Such measures have included keeping our people at home while we ramp up investments in our capacity to cope with this global health emergency,”
“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.”
Governor Abdulrazaq further applauds members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) who see it necessary to donates half of their monthly salary to the Nation as support in battling the dreaded Coronavirus disease.
He said: “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,”
“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 Committee. People may also donate foodstuffs for release to the poor people to further ease our campaign to keep the virus out of Kwara.”
He also disclosed that his government has decided to commence distribution of foodstuffs to it citizens to support the stay-at-home order, urging that everyone should remain still at home in compliance with the instructions earlier passed as a precaution against the spread of the virus.
He said, “Finally, I have directed the technical committee on COVID-19 to begin distribution of palliatives, including foodstuffs, to the people this week even as I call on everyone to stay at home and stay safe and maintain social distancing.”
Meanwhile, Naija News had reported earlier that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered the payment of N5,000 stipend to vulnerable citizens across the country for two months with immediate effect.