In response to the recent removal of fuel subsidy, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has taken significant steps to alleviate the economic impact on various sectors and demographics. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, disclosed this development during a press briefing in Ilorin on Monday.
Among the soothing measures approved is a cash support of N10,000 for each public sector employee in Kwara. This financial aid will commence at the end of July and continue until a new minimum wage is introduced, helping workers cope with the economic challenges stemming from the subsidy removal.
Governor Abdulrazaq has also directed the civil service to implement a three-day workweek, adhering to the advisory provided by the National Economic Council. However, essential workers will not be subject to the staggered work schedule.
Furthermore, the Governor has sanctioned the payment of new hazard and skipping allowances, as well as 100% CONMESS (Consolidated Medical Salary Structure), for consultants and medical doctors employed by the government. Nurses working for the state government will also receive an improved allowances regime.
Additionally, Governor Abdulrazaq has granted immediate financial backing for the 2019 and 2020 Teaching Service Commission workers’ promotions. Furthermore, he has extended free bus rides for tertiary institution students in the state. He plans to activate occasional food distribution to support poor and vulnerable households in the coming days.
The Governor has also given the green light for the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP), which will provide conditional support amounting to N500 million for petty traders and MSMEs (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises).
It’s important to note that the state government will procure fertilizers and grains from the federal government and will not be provided free of charge.