Coronavirus: Edo govt pays workers March salaries to cushion effects of pandemic

Poised to minimize the effect of the economic disruptions caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Edo State government has paid civil and public servants March salaries.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the state government ensured prompt payment of salaries to make sure civil and public servants are able to manage disruptions caused by the pandemic, which has led to the slow grind of economic activity across the country.
According to him: “The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, directed payment of salaries as a means to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the state. We are very much aware that the disruptions in economic activities would affect the buying power of citizens and workers, hence the need to ensure prompt payment.
“There is no denying that this move would provide the needed economic support for workers to stabilize in the light of the measures taken to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the state.”
Meanwhile, following his close contact with the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Muhammed and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who have both tested positive for coronavirus, the state governor has gone into self-isolation.
In a statement, Osagie, said the governor has sent his samples for testing.
Osagie said: “The governor has gone into self-isolation after the governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, tested positive for coronavirus.
“The governor had met Senator Mohammed at the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and National Economic Council (NEC) meetings. He also visited Mr. Kyari.”

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