Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong has slashed allowances of political office holders in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Lalong revealed this on Tuesday March 24, during a state-wide broadcast to residents of Plateau on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
As stated by him, frequent expenditure other than salaries and pensions will be cut by 40%, and allowances of political office holders will be slashed by 50%.
He observed with dismay that the non-compliance with the outright suspension of anniversaries and cultural festivals as well as the inability of some schools to close as directed; is an attempt to test the will of the government, endanger public safety and risk the lives of innocent citizens.
“I have directed security agencies to begin enforcement and anyone found violating these orders should be arrested. Should the situation continue this way, we shall not hesitate to impose a complete lockdown in order to save the lives of our people. To ensure total compliance, the government has set up a task force on enforcement and monitoring, which will be personally chaired by me to coordinate, evaluate and review developments on the disease in the state,” he said.
BY HANYTA OGBE