COVID-19: Lagos health workers to receive additional 50% hazard allowance

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The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila unveiled plans to pay an additional 50 per cent to the hazard allowance being paid by Lagos State Government to about 450 doctors and other health workers at the Randle General Hospital, Surulere.

Gbajabiamila gave the assurance during an interactive session on Zoom, with his constituents of Surulere 1 Federal Constituency of Lagos State through a virtual meeting as part of his constituency engagements with them.

The Speaker said during the interactive session, conducted via zoom, with leaders of different Communities Development Associations (CDAs), youth leaders and market women associations that he is ever committed to continue providing dividends of democracy to them.

The Speaker urged his constituents to continue observing the COVID-19 protocols so as to stay safe.

The Speaker also noted that N22m cash relief was provided for vulnerable members of the constituency as well as food bags to 16,300 households as COVID-19 palliatives.

Gbajabiamila listed some upcoming interventions to include the commissioning of the Elizabeth Fowler Memorial School, Surulere free Wifi project and the N40 million COVID-19 cash grants to petty traders and artisans in the constituency

Speaking, the member representing Surulere 1 State Constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Desmond Elliot thanked the Speaker for his giant strides in Surulere, Lagos State and the nation as a whole.

“We’re proud of you Mr. Speaker Sir. The people of Surulere will continue to thank you for the good works you’ve been doing. We’re excited that you’re from us,” he said.

In her contribution, the Chief Medical Director of Randle General Hospital, Surulere, Dr Aduke Odutayo, appreciated the Speaker and the Lagos State Government for giving adequate attention to the hospital.

She appealed to the people of Surulere to understand that the hospital could not accommodate everybody at this time, noting that COVID-19 may stay for a while, but she advised residents to continue to observe the provided protocols.

The leader of the legislative council in Surulere, Mrs Barakat Bakare-Akande, who spoke on behalf of other elected councillors, said: “We thank you for all you’ve been doing. We thank you for touching the lives of everybody in Surulere, especially during the pandemic. You’re truly a role model to us.”

On her part, Chairman of Crescent CDA, Mrs Joy Oritsesan, thanked the Speaker for providing a transformer to their area as well as distributing palliatives during the lockdown.

Suzan O