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OGUN: Govt approves palliatives for workers, pensioners to cushion fuel subsidy removal

THE Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun has yesterday authorized palliatives for civil personnel and pensioners in the state to mitigate the consequences of the removal of fuel subsidies.

According to a statement issued by the state government’s Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, the measures would go into effect in July.

According to Talabi, the palliatives include “N10,000 cash for each Public Servant, including Pensioners, to help workers cope with the economic shocks caused by the removal of fuel subsidy, for a period of three months in the first instance.”

The statement reads: “The governor also approved hazard allowance for all health and medical personnel in the state and approval of peculiar allowance for public servants in the state, the immediate release of letters of promotion in respect of 2021 and 2022.

“He also approved payment of March and April, 2023 leave bonuses for public servants in the state and the immediate cash-backing for the quarterly payment of gratuities to pensioners.

“The 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 recent increase in fuel price among Public Servants.

“We have also approved the commencement of food palliatives to the vulnerable (Rice, Garri, Beans, Maize etc).

“Also, the Gateway Trading Company has been mandated to establish food distribution outlets across the state, and must sell the items at the rate obtainable in the market before removal of fuel subsidy.

“The State is also establishing a commodity exchange to ensure optimization of current and future investment in the Agro-allied sector of the economy in line with President Tinubu’s war on food insecurity.

“Distribution of fertilizers and other farm imputs to farmers at subsidized and control prices.

“Full implementation of the administration’s Energy Transition Strategy with

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