Remove fuel subsidies: Ogun government authorizes palliatives

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The administration of His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, CON, has approved some measures for immediate implementation in light of the country’s current realities and the Ogun State Government’s commitment to lessen the effects of the removal of fuel subsidies on the well-being of the good people of Ogun State.

The state government’s secretary, Tokunbo Talabi, underlined the palliatives in a statement.

1. A cash palliative of #10,000 will be given to every public employee, including pensioners, to help them deal with the economic shocks brought on by the termination of the fuel subsidy, which will take place starting in July 2023 and last for a maximum of 3 months.

2. Acceptance of the Hazard Allowance for all State Health and Medical Personnel.

3. The state’s approval of a peculiar allowance for public employees.

4. The prompt distribution of letters of promotion for the years 2021 and 2022.

5. The payment of the state’s public employees’ March and April 2023 leave bonuses.

6. Immediate cash-backing for the pensioners’ quarterly gratuity payments.

7. To lessen the impact of the recent increase in fuel prices among public servants, the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies are to develop strategies to guarantee that 20% of their staff strengths are off-duty each day.

8. The distribution of food aid to the weak (such as rice, garri, beans, and maize) begins.

9. In addition, the Gateway Trading Company must set up food distribution centers throughout the State and sell the products at the price that would have been reasonable in the market prior to the elimination of the fuel subsidy.

10. In keeping with President Tinubu’s fight against food insecurity, the State is also developing a commodity market to ensure the optimization of present and future investments in the agro-allied sector of the economy.

11. Giving farmers access to fertilizer and other agricultural inputs at discounted and regulated pricing.

12. Complete adoption of the administration’s Energy Transition Strategy, including

•the introduction of tricycles and electric motorcycles throughout the State.

•Beginning the conversion of all State Mass Transit buses, including staff vehicles and currently operating public transportation vehicles, to CNG in order to lower transportation costs by charging fares similar to those that prevailed before to deregulation. The initial set is nearing completion and will soon be installed on our highways.

•In order to improve transportation within the State, the Government will also buy more brand-new CNG buses and charge prices similar to those that prevailed prior to the elimination of fuel subsidies.

13. Immediate Road Infrastructure Intervention: As part of the palliative programs, all Local Governments are required to propose three roads that require immediate intervention in collaboration with Community Development Associations and Community Leaders.

14. The state government will help micro, small, and medium-sized businesses through special programs to increase output and create jobs.

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