Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has ordered the distribution of rice, garri, beans, and others as palliative to the state residents to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
Governor Abiodun announced the development in a statement he shared via his Twitter page on Monday, July 24, 2023.
The governor said the distribution of food palliatives such as garri, rice, beans, and maize will be mainly for the vulnerable in the state, adding that the schedule of the distribution exercise will be announced soon.
He also announced cash palliatives of N10,000 for public servants and pensioners in the state.
This, according to the statement is to enable workers to cope with the economic shocks occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy for three months.
Abiodun further announced hazard allowance for all health and medical personnel as well as peculiar allowance for public servants in the state.
He added that payment of March and April 2023 leave bonuses and quarterly payment of gratuities for public servants and pensioners respectively have equally been approved.
The statement reads; “In line with the current realities in the country and commitment of our administration to ameliorate the effects of removal of fuel subsidy on the well-being of the good people of Ogun State, we have approved the following measures for immediate implementation:
- Cash palliative of N10,000 for each public servant including pensioners to enable workers to cope with the economic shocks occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy for 3 months in the first instance with effect from July 2023.
- Approval of hazard allowance for all health and medical personnel in the State.
- Approval of peculiar allowance for public servants in the State.
- Immediate release of Letters of Promotion in respect of 2021 and 2022.
- Payment of March and April 2023 leave bonuses for public servants in the State.
- Immediate cash-backing for the quarterly payment of gratuities to pensioners.
- All our Ministries, Departments and Agencies are to work out modalities of ensuring that 20% of their staff strengths are off-duty daily to ease the effect of the recent increase in fuel price among public servants.
- Commencement of food palliatives to the vulnerable (rice, garri, beans, maize etc).
- Furthermore, Gateway Trading Company has been directed to ensure the establishment of distribution outlets across the state, while items must be sold at the rate obtainable before the fuel price increase.
- Also, fertilizers and other farm inputs are to be supplied to farmers at subsidized and controlled prices.
- Other measures include the commencement of conversion of State Mass Transit buses to CNG including staff buses and current public transportation buses in circulation to reduce the cost of transportation by charging rates comparable to what was obtained before deregulation.
- Immediate Road Infrastructure Intervention, with all the local governments working with Community Development Associations and Community Leaders to submit three roads that require immediate intervention as part of the palliative programmes and support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises through Special Schemes to boost production capacity and employment generation.”