The members of the Rivers State executive council rose today in Government House in Port Harcourt and announced the surrender of their April 2020 salaries to help fight the ravaging virus. The lawmakers in the state also did same.
One person has tasted positive in the state so far but fears are rife that many more persons may be suspects especially relations of the Rivers index case who came from three European cities.
A statement from the state government said: “Members of the Rivers State Executive Council have donated their April 2020 salaries to support the State Government’s fight against coronavirus.
According to Paulinus Nsirim, Commissioner for Information and Communications, “The Secretary to the State Government, Tammy Danagogo, stated this today in a statement issued in Port Harcourt.”
Many public commentators have continued to appeal to government contractors in the state and political leaders to show up and be counted. The state government has since floated two bank accounts but no single kobo is known to have come in. The only donor seems to be a food manufacturing firm that donated packs of noodles.
Many also said they expected the state government to announce what its setting aside for the fight and the things to be spent on before others would support. Most states have suspended projects and diverted the funds to COVID-19.