In response to the recent removal of fuel subsidy in the country, the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has announced a series of measures aimed at alleviating the impact on the citizens of the state. These comprehensive measures reflect the administration’s commitment to the welfare of the people and are set for immediate implementation.
Addressing the press at the Government House, Governor Abiodun outlined the following initiatives to help cushion the economic shocks caused by the removal of fuel subsidy:
- Cash Palliative for Public Servants: A cash palliative of N10,000 will be provided to each public servant, including pensioners, for a period of three months. This measure seeks to ease the financial burden faced by workers in the state due to the recent fuel price increase. The palliative will take effect from July 2023.
- Hazard Allowance for Health and Medical Personnel: The Governor has approved hazard allowance for all health and medical personnel in the state. This move recognizes the efforts and sacrifices made by frontline workers during the pandemic and beyond.
- Peculiar Allowance for Public Servants: Public servants in the state will now receive a peculiar allowance to address specific challenges they may encounter during these trying times.
- Letters of Promotion: Immediate release of Letters of Promotion for the years 2021 and 2022 will be implemented, providing much-needed career growth opportunities for eligible workers.
- Payment of Leave Bonuses: Public servants in Ogun State will receive their March and April 2023 leave bonuses to support their financial well-being.
- Timely Payment of Gratuities to Pensioners: The government will ensure the prompt cash-backing for the quarterly payment of gratuities to pensioners, ensuring their financial security.
- Work Scheduling: To alleviate the impact of increased fuel prices on public servants, all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies have been instructed to adopt a system where 20% of their staff strengths are off-duty daily. This measure aims to reduce transportation costs and improve work-life balance.
- Food Palliatives for the Vulnerable: Commencing immediately, the government will distribute food palliatives consisting of rice, garri, beans, maize, and other essential items to vulnerable households in the state.
- Controlled Prices for Essential Goods: Gateway Trading Company has been directed to establish distribution outlets across the state and ensure that essential items are sold at the rates obtainable before the fuel price increase.
- Subsidized Farm Inputs: Farmers in Ogun State will benefit from subsidized fertilizers and other farm inputs to support agricultural production.
- Conversion to CNG: To address the rising cost of transportation, the government will convert State Mass Transit buses, staff buses, and current public transportation buses to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). This move will enable the charging of fares comparable to pre-deregulation rates.
- Road Infrastructure Intervention: The government will collaborate with Community Development Associations and Community Leaders to identify and prioritize three roads requiring immediate intervention. This intervention is part of the palliative programs aimed at improving transportation and connectivity.
Additionally, special schemes will be introduced to support Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to boost production capacity and create employment opportunities in the state.
Governor Dapo Abiodun assured the people of Ogun State that his administration remains committed to their well-being and will continue to explore avenues to mitigate the effects of economic challenges on the populace. He urged citizens to remain resilient, as these measures are aimed at providing the necessary support during this period of economic transition.