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Lagos Gov. Sanwo-Olu unveils comprehensive relief measures amid economic strain

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In response to the escalating economic challenges faced by its residents, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has introduced a multifaceted relief package aimed at mitigating the impact of the current hardships.

The strategic interventions span across various sectors, encompassing work schedules, transportation, health, education, and agriculture.

Work Schedule Restructuring:Governor Sanwo-Olu has announced a revised work schedule for civil servants in Lagos State.

Starting next week, employees in Grades 1–14 will operate on a three-day workweek, while those in Grades 15–17 will maintain a four-day workweek.

This measure aims to alleviate the daily pressures faced by workers amidst the economic challenges, emphasising that governance operations will remain uninterrupted.

Transportation Fare Reduction:In a bid to address rising transportation costs, the Governor has mandated a 25% fare reduction across all state-owned public transport channels, including BRT, train, and ferry services.

This move is expected to ease the financial burden on commuters and enhance accessibility to public transportation.

Agricultural Interventions:Governor Sanwo-Olu outlined a three-tiered approach to address soaring food prices.

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The state will distribute combo packages of food items to 300,000 vulnerable households, procure over 100 trailers of rice and other staples, and establish “Sunday Markets” in 42 communities where residents can purchase essential items at reduced prices.

Additionally, the “Soup Bowl” initiative will provide free meals to 1,000 to 1,500 people daily in every local government area for the next 30 to 60 days.

Education and Health Initiatives:In the education sector, additional transport support will be provided to classroom teachers to facilitate their work schedules, while pupils in public schools will maintain their five-day school attendance.

The requirement for parents to show tax payment evidence for school enrollment has been temporarily suspended.

On the health front, free child delivery programmes for expectant mothers, reduced costs for certain medications, and bi-weekly community health missions for free check-ups are being introduced.

Infrastructure and Security Commitments:Governor Sanwo-Olu also touched on infrastructure projects, including plans to reconstruct 180 inner roads in collaboration with local government authorities.

He reiterated the state’s readiness to deploy 10,000 personnel for a state police outfit if the federal government grants full constitutional approval.

Addressing civil unrest calls:Governor Sanwo-Olu urged against civil unrest and industrial action, emphasising that economic paralysis would not bring about solutions.

He called for patience and understanding, assuring that the reforms initiated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu would guide the nation out of its current challenges.

Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed commitment to inclusive decision-making, welcoming ideas and advice to navigate through the ongoing challenges.

He encouraged Lagosians to draw hope from their resourcefulness and resilience as the government works towards solutions that benefit the broader population.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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