Saturday, 28 March 2020

Nigerian ministers donate half of March salary to fight Coronavirus

The Federal Government has said that Nigeria’s 43 Ministers have donated 50% of their March 2020 salaries to support the efforts to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed the gesture in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
According to Mohammed, the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, will coordinate the donation.
However, the minister refused to disclose what the 50% amounted to. The statement further quoted Saraki as saying it was a gesture of solidarity and support for the Federal Government’s efforts to tackle the disease.
”This global virus outbreak will require nations, continents and smaller communities to pull together to contribute their resources and support one another.
“This will facilitate an early resolution of the problem,” part of the statement reads.
Mohammed said the ministers also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his leadership role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nigeria has recorded 81 cases with one death and three discharged as of March 27, 2020.

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