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Petrol subsidy removal: Suspense in states over palliatives



There is suspense over the form of measures to be adopted by state government to cushion the harsh effects of removal of petrol subsidy.

While Nigerians awaited palliatives from government, the Federal Government announced measures to include giving N8,000 stipend to 12 million households across the country.

A spontaneous public outrage greeted the N8,000 stipend announcement by Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, Mr Dele Alake last Wednesday.

The announcement came amid uncertainty over the  proposal of the organised labour of N200, 000 as national minimum wage, in place of the existing N30, 000.

A tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government in the wake of public anger elicited by subsidy removal is yet to harmonise its position on palliatives for workers.Just like Nigerians look forward to measures from the federal government to cushion the hardship being faced, they also wait on their state governments likewise for some remedial measures.


The Kwara State government reversed the directive which reduced working days from five days to three days to civil servants in the state in the face of hardship brought about by fuel subsidy removal.