By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
Kaduna Governor Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa & # 39; i praised the resilience of citizens in difficult times and called for sober reflections on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on working and living standards and conditions.
The governor, in a statement on Friday's workers' day celebrations, assured workers that his government remains committed to strengthening public service, increasing the capacity of its employees and improving their reward.
The statement signed by his special media and communication advisor, Muyiwa Adekeye, noted that May 2020 is being marked in the most unusual circumstances for all categories of workers, be they the public sector, the organized private sector and the private sector. private. vast informal sector & # 39; & # 39 ;.
According to the governor: "In this time of emergency, the Kaduna state government gratefully acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our health and medical professionals in managing and containing Covid-19 in the state."
“The responsibility to protect the vast majority of residents from the risk of widespread transmission from the Covid-19 community has forced the extension of Quarantine Orders in Kaduna State.
"But this government also asked a team of senior officials to start thinking and planning for a post-blockade scenario in Kaduna state.
“The government is convinced that there is no tension between public security and economic vitality. On the contrary, both must be designed to support each other.
"That is why the blockade was only partial, to allow the operations of the most essential sectors," he said.
He explained: "Since the imposition of the Quarantine Orders on March 26, 2020, the Kaduna state government has always allowed the food and agriculture value chain to work together with key manufacturing and logistics companies."
He promised, however, as soon as epidemiological evidence suggests that infection rates have dropped, the state will allow more economic players to safely reopen their companies and businesses.
“Before we get to that point, current conditions require people with income to perform acts of sacrifice and solidarity to support those whose livelihoods are challenged by the blockade.
"The government asks for the understanding of everyone, especially public sector workers, of the imperative of sacrifice and solidarity in this time of emergency," he added.
He noted: “As demonstrated by rapidly implementing the new national minimum wage and increasing the minimum pension received by retirees under the defined benefit scheme, the Kaduna State Government remains committed to strengthening public service, increasing the capacity of its employees and improving their reward. "