Covid-19: Plateau thrilled workers accepted pay cuts, shifts lockdown to Tuesday

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Gov. Simon Lalong

Plateau State Officials have shifted lockdown resumption in the State to Tuesday, instead of Sunday midnight, to allow transactions hindered by Friday’s May Day public holiday.

The State had given three days break from Friday to Sunday to “restock” their homes and resume the lockdown.

Following “public outcry,” the State Governor, Simon Lalong, approved the extension which includes the earlier announced ban on inter-Local Government movements.

Social distancing, proper hygiene and sanitation, inter-State border closure, use of face masks in public places as well as Federal nationwide curfew starting Monday however remain, a statement by Governor Lalong’s Press Director, Simon Macham says.

Workers in the State, Mr. Lalong said earlier in a May Day message, have sustained support for government, including accepting pay cuts during structural adjustments to cope with COVID-19.

In the message signed by his Press Director, Simon Macham, Lalong said, “The workers agreed without any hesitation or compulsion to the recommendation of Government to suspend the implementation of the new minimum wage because of COVID-19.

“I want to use this opportunity to specially appreciate workers in Plateau State who have supported our Rescue Administration by ensuring that the engine of governance continues to operate seamlessly despite challenges.

“They have demonstrated this several times especially now that we are facing a common enemy, Corona Virus”.

The Governor hailed the workers’ “sacrifices”, assuring that Government begin implementation of the new minimum wage once it recovers from the pandemic.

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