The removal of fuel subsidies announced by President Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023, has been partially reduced in some States of the Federation through the use of various approaches.
The withdrawal of the fuel subsidy immediately increased the product’s pump price, which in turn caused food inflation, spiked transport costs, and increase the cost of living, News About Nigeria reports.
The reduction of workdays, cash transfer programs, the provision of mass transport vehicles at lower prices, and the settlement of the remaining debts of public employees, including pensioners, are just a few of the initiatives.
States that have offered palliative care are listed below;
To reduce the burden of the high transportation costs on public employees, Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq ordered the reduction of workdays from five to three in June. However, he later suspended the order.
On July 24, the governor also authorized monthly cash benefits of N10,000 for each state employee, effective in July.
On June 6, the Edo state government also changed the number of workdays for its employees from five to three.
In order to lower the expense of transportation for parents, teachers, and students to schools, Governor Godwin Obaseki mentioned that the state is focusing on strengthening a project to create more virtual classes.
To reduce the cost of transportation for state citizens, Governor Seyi Makinde ordered the deployment of extra state mass transit buses in June.
Makinde further ordered that residents’ bus fares not be raised and that school-age children and senior citizens be permitted to board the buses for free.
Additionally, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the payment of N10,000 in cash palliatives to all public employees and pensioners for a period of three months.
Additionally, he gave his approval for the payment of special allowances for government employees as well as hazard allowances for all state health and medical workers.
Hope Uzodinma, the governor of Imo State, declared N40,000 as the new state minimum salary for civil personnel.
The governor claimed that the higher minimum wage was intended to lessen the effects of the elimination of fuel subsidies on workers.