In an attempt to lessen the effect of fuel subsidy removal, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved palliatives for citizens of the state.
While briefing the press on Monday in Ilorin, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, said every civil servant in the state would get N10,000 in cash support, starting from July, 2023 pending the introduction of new minimum wages.
He also noted that his principal has ordered the reintroduction of a three-day work schedule for the state civil servants with the exemption of ‘essential workers’.
In another development, Ajakaye furthered the government would from July, begin the payment of new hazard and skipping allowances, and 100% CONMESS to medical staff in the state.
He also maintained that, “The Governor has also endorsed immediate cash-backing of 2019 and 2020 promotion for Teaching Service Commission workers. The administration had earlier cash-backed arrears of promotion for TESCOM for years 2015-2018.
“In the same vein, he has approved cash-backing for 2021 promotion exercise of teaching and non-teaching staff of SUBEB and restoration of steps to all of them. This is a policy response to the yearnings of SUBEB workers since 2016 when SUBEB workers no longer had steps.
Ajakaye stressed the government has also made provision for buses that would convey students of tertiary institutions within the state.
During the briefing, the CPS stated food would be distributed to indigent citizens as well as vulnerable households.
In his final word, he said the Governor has earmarked the sum of N500m as grants for petty traders and MSMEs through the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP).