By Abraham Olatokunbo
Yobe State Governor. Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni, his Deputy, Hon. Idi-Barde Gubana and other members of the state executive council and all top appointees have donated half of their salaries toward the battle against coronavirus.
A statement on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, who is also the State’s COVID-19 Resource Mobilization Sub-Committee Secretary, Mallam Abdullahi Bego, said the contribution was towards building resources for the ongoing fight to ward off COVID-19.
He said the governor and the rest of his team continue to adopt various measures to ensure that the coronavirus disease does not break out in the state.
He said in view of this, the governor and his deputy have donated 50 percent of their basic salaries to the state’s COVID-19 Support Fund “to help accelerate the all-hands-on-deck effort that is so vital to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.”
Bego said: “Following in the example of His Excellency, the governor, members of the State Executive Council, the Secretary to the State Government, Head of Service and the Chief of Staff to the governor are also donating 50 percent of their basic salaries to the Fund.
He said: “The Yobe COVID-19 Sub-Committee on Resource Mobilization under the leadership of the Hon. Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Dr Abubakar Garba Iliya, also wishes to announce that all permanent secretaries, chief executives of boards and parastatals, permanent members of Commissions, including the Local Government Service Commission, House of Assembly Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission, Teaching Service Board, Science and Technical Schools Board, State Independent Electoral Commission, Fiscal Responsibility Board, Arabic and Islamic Education Board, Bureau For Public Procurement, Civil Service Commission, and the Pilgrims Welfare Commission, as well as the Directors of Personnel Management (DPMs) who are currently in charge of the 17 local government councils will also donate 50 percent of their basic salaries to the effort to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in the state.”
He also said: “The State Assembly Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Lawan Mirwa, his deputy, Hon. Mohammed Auwal Isa and 22 other members of the House of Assembly are also putting their shoulders behind the effort by donating 50 percent of their basic salaries.
“The State’s judiciary is also chipping in with the Chief Judge and Grand Khadi making available 50 percent of their basic salaries to the effort to convert COVID-19.”
Bego said: “As the work goes on across sectors and communities, the Yobe COVID-19 Prevention and Control Committee under the leadership of His Excellency the Deputy Governor calls on the sons and daughters of Yobe State both within and outside the country, members of the business community, organisations, and philanthropists to do their part as well, by donating to the Yobe COVID-19 Support Fund through the following bank account:
Yobe State COVID-19 Support
Account Number 1022751510
“The committee also reminds people across the state to continue to exercise social distancing, observe excellent respiratory etiquette, wash their hands regularly, avoid crowded places, stay at home most of the time, and pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) to provide a way out of the COVID-19 global pandemic,” the statement further said.