Ramadan: Sokoto pays April salary
| By Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
In compliance with the directive of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal that the state ministries of finance and local government affairs should pay this month’s salary to all staff, many of the civil servants have started receiving alerts from their respective banks since Tuesday.
The directive, noted the governor, is in the bid of his administration to cushion the effects of the forthcoming Ramadan period and to relieve the populace of the burden of the partial lockdown of the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Therefore, in furtherance of this directive, all caretaker local government chairmen and their secretaries are complying while their staff are promptly receiving their emoluments.
He said: “As we prepare for the Ramadan fast and adjust more to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, I call on all citizens of the state, most especially the Muslims, to use the forthcoming period to reflect and pray profusely to God to grant us healing and also wipe out this deadly disease.
“I also appeal to all and sundry to adhere, without any omission, to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the prevention of the disease, which includes accurate information on COVID-19, its circulation where you live, social distancing, use of hand sanitizers and use of face masks,” he stated.
He reiterated his wish that all citizens of the state would cooperate fully with the state Task Force on COVID-19 to ensure that the needful is done wherever and whenever necessary.
“Without restating the obvious, it is appropriate for all of us to protect ourselves and our families. And, in order to do this successfully, we need to take the risks of infection seriously,” he emphasised.
The governor prayed for the collective good health, longevity and prosperity of the people of the state “as we move into the blessed month of Ramadan in this unique period of trial,” a statement by Muhammad Bello, the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the Governor has disclosed.