Abdulrahaman Abdulrasaq, Governor of Kwara State, has donated his salary of 11 months as part of measures to support the fight against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
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Governor Abdulrasaq made the pledge in a statement published on his Twitter handle on Sunday.
According to the governor, he has not received his salary following his pledge at his inauguration, adding that the measure would help provide support to needy persons in Kwara State, especially if the pandemic hits the state.
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He also commended federal ministers from the state and private individuals for donating part of their salaries in support of efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
The statement read: “Since I was inaugurated, I have not taken my salary. I’m now donating the accumulated sum, from May 29 to date, to help provide palliative measures to the vulnerable among our people who are at home, and boost our capacity to cope against the Covid-19 if it ever comes to Kwara.
“This time calls for sacrifice from everyone and I especially commend the gestures of my brother Alhaji Lai Muhammed and my sister Senator Gbemisola, who are part of the ministers that have donated half of their salaries to the national efforts to fight the virus.
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“Also, on behalf of my people, I express our deepest appreciation to Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu and Mr Tony Elumelu for their generous donations to Kwara State.”
While advising all Kwarans to stay at home and maintain social distancing, Governor Abudlrasaq implored corporate organisations and capable individuals to make donations to Kwara State.
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He added that the distribution of palliatives, including foodstuffs, to Kwara residents will commence this week.