Coronavirus: Plateau State Governor Lalong slashes allowances of politicians by 50 per cent

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Plateau governor, Simon Lalong has slashed the allowances of politicians in the state amid the coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria.

Lalong revealed this on Tuesday, March 24 during a state-wide broadcast to residents of Plateau on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

According to him, recurrent expenditure other than salaries and pensions will be cut by 40 per cent; and allowances of political office holders will be slashed by 50 per cent.

He viewed with dismay non-compliance with the outright suspension of anniversaries and cultural festivals as well as the inability of some schools to close as directed as an attempt to test the will of the government and endanger public safety and risk the lives of innocent citizens.

“I have directed security agencies to begin enforcement and anyone found violating these orders should be arrested. Should the situation continue this way, we shall not hesitate to impose a complete lockdown in order to save the lives of our people.

“To ensure total compliance, the government has set up a task force on enforcement and monitoring, which will be personally chaired by me to coordinate, evaluate and review developments on the disease in the state,” he said.

All around the world, governments are taken very hard decisions amid the coronavirus epidemic.

In Singapore, the country’s president, cabinet ministers, and political office holders say will take a one-month pay cut to “show solidarity with fellow Singaporeans.”