Chief Abdullahi Anthony Dania
COVID-19: Landlord Offers Tenants 3 Months Free Rent
A lawyer and landlord, Chief Abdullahi Anthony Dania, has offered his tenants both in Lagos and Edo States, a three-month rent Free.
Chief Dania said the decision to reach out to all his tenants in such form, is his own little ways of giving palliative support to them on the COVID-19 pandemics crisis been faced by the country and the world at large.
Chief Dania in a statement dated April 1, 2020 and captioned ‘My Contribution on Cushioning the Impact of “Coro”, emailed to this medium, also called on commended the Nigerian government, especially, the Lagos State government for steps taken so far in curtailing the deadly disease.
He also commended all donors who have contributed in form of cash and kind for their gesture toward other Nigerians who are in need.
Chief Dania statement reads in part: “while both the Federal Government of Nigeria and Lagos State Government are yet to announce specific payments of funds to the Citizens, to help in their sustenance while staying at home, I must commend the government, particularly the Governor of Lagos State, for all the efforts made so far in curtailing this “coro”. I thank members of the medical team who have continually risked their lives to save lives.
“I also thank the Donors of Billions of Naira in cash and in kind, to the FGN and the LSG, to augment government’s logistics in the fight against “coro”.
“I am a Legal Practitioner with just 5 juniors and 6 staff (including 2 security). I want to plead with the FGN, LSG, all Landlords/Landladies, including all the Banks, other Financial Institutions, that granted loans that re subsisting, owners of schools (including universities), private and public, all telephone services providers, all cable and internet services providers, all public utility services operators, like water Corporation, LAWMA, IKEDC, etc, should grant waivers of rents, suspension of the payment of interest on loans, payment for services, cable TV, datas, electricity bills, etc, without interrupting the enjoyment of those services, tenancy, data, cable and internet services, free, for 3 Months, starting from April 1, 2020 and terminating on July 1, 2020.
“I want to start with myself and assist within the limits of my ability. All my tenants at Apapa, Jakande Estate oke-Afa, Isolo and at solape in Ejigbo, all in Lagos State, and those in South Ibie iyakpi, in Etsako west, Edo state, have been and are hereby requested not to pay any rent to me or my Agent, for 3 months, starting from 1st of April – 1st of July 2020.
“While implementing the above, I urge the FGN to re-organize the supplies of foods or cash to indigent citizens and residents, because the current arrangement where people come to designated centers, is encouraging crowded gatherings with its attendant risks of the spread of ” CORO.
“Every Street and Estate has EXCO, we have Obas, Bales, Olori-ebis, Eze Ndigbo, Seriki Hausa, in every main Town in Lagos State, and in Nigeria. In every State we have a CP, Area commanders, DPOs, NURTW, Presidents of various “Kparakpos” unions, Chief Imams, General overseers, Pastors, etc. You should have used them to convince the populace to voluntarily comply with all the restrictive directives and recommended safety measures.
“The riots in Katsina State on the last Jumat and in Warri, Delta State, could have been avoided. They can also be used to distribute foods and other items to indigent persons among them.
“The use of force, as it is currently been done or violent assaults against violators of the restrictive order, might cause avoidable avoidable communal reaction, as it happened in Warri. Most Nigerians are hungry and angry. Whereas, those afore mentioned persons could have easily reached their neighbours to educate and persuade them. There would have been an almost 100% compliance”.
Chief Dania also lamented blackout in some parts of the country, which he said could lead to big crisis among the inhabitants of the affected community. While also commended the Federal government for reducing fuel pump price, however, stated that the pump price should further reduce to N75 per litre for the next 30 days.
“The absence of electricity in majority of homes is a very big problem. Almost everybody is using Generator. 70 percent of available Generators use petrol, this is a serious issue. The N2 further reduction in the price of petrol is good, but it is insignificant. The FGN should reduce the price to N75 par litre of petrol for just 30 days, 1st of April to 1st of May; let petrol sell for 75k par litre and restore it back to the normal price after 30 days. Do this and you shall know by popular reactions, how appreciative Nigerians can be.
“The FGN can achieve N75 par litre of petrol for 30 days, by using the funds so far donated and calling for more donations, and getting the Major and Independent Oil Marketers to cooperate, whichever way possible.
“The fight against “CORO” is a battle we must win. The LG are yet to be seen in any proactive action The same persons mentioned above, can also be used to sustain the “stay at home” directive, and to also identify those who might have the disease without stigmatizing him/her, convincing him or her to isolate, then call on NCDC or any other relevant Govt Agency, to come for the person.
“Test kits are available (not from China, pls), the landing cost is expensive for now, but a government supervised syndication in each Town or Estates or combination of 5 streets in a village or Town, can procure one. On my street we fixed the road and we are currently working on getting a transformer (with the supervision of IKEDC) to boast electricity supplies.
“Lagos State Government is a pacesetter. I plead with them to implement the above.
“My next advice after the exit of “CORO” which will be very soon, Insha Allah and IJN, would be how LSG can achieve the fixing of not less than 5 streets in every LGA every Month, i.e 60 streets, every year in each LGA. But, first, let’s join hands in sending this “CORO” packing from Nigeria.
“Finally, while we await our scientists to come up with a vaccine or cure for coro, I want us to also encourage our herbal medicine doctors to research on a possible cure for the “CORO”. You never can tell, we might find a “Nigerian cure” for it”.