Governor Sanwolu of Lagos State has increased the hazard allowance of Lagos State health workers. With the hazard of their occupation increasing daily due to the surge in daily new cases of Coronavirus, it is imperative to double up on the incentives waved before these workers.
With three Lagos State Doctors already dead from the Covid19 virus, it is highly expected for the workers to start having a rethink when faced with life or death issues.
This was contained in a circular dated April 21 and issued by the state’s Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
This is coming barely 24 hours after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu told journalists at a media briefing that no health worker at the frontline of COVID-19 response earned N5,000 as hazard allowance since coronavirus was recorded in the state.
When asked what the state was doing to increase health workers’ N5000 hazard allowance in the state, the governor said, “It is not true. There is nobody that is in our frontline and COVID-19 list that has earned anything around N5,000. The least person could have probably earned N20,000. In fact, we have even doubled that.”
The circular with reference number Ref. No: CIR/HOS/’20/Vol.1/045 read, “In appreciation of the dedication of all health officers in Lagos State to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as well as their daily hazardous exposure to the highly contagious disease, it is hereby notified for general information that Mr. Governor has approved the increment of Hazard Allowance for all Health Officers in Lagos State from N5,000 to N25,000 for the month of April 2020.
“The gesture is an incentive to all Health Officers in the State, as Frontline Responders in the fight against the Pandemic. It is believed that the Officers would reciprocate same with more doggedness and enthusiasm towards duty in all Health facilities State-wide.
“Furthermore, I wish to reiterate that our collective efforts will yield the desired result, as this Pandemic shall pass.
“Accounting Officers are enjoined to note the contents of this Circular and give it the Service-wide publicity it deserves.”
The PUNCH reports that Nigeria recorded its first case of coronavirus on February 27, 2020, when a 44-year-old Italian businessman who arrived in Lagos from Milan, Italy tested positive for the coronavirus.