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Lagos Civil Servants to Work 3 Days Weekly Amid Rising Living Costs

Lagos Civil Servants to Work 3 Days Weekly Amid Rising Living Costs

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced on Thursday a reduction in the number of days public servants will work per week as part of efforts to address the increasing cost of living.

Sanwo-Olu stated, “We want to start with our public servants. Immediately from next week, civil servants from lower levels will work three days a week, while those at levels 15-17 can work four days a week.” He made this declaration during an ongoing media briefing on economic challenges.

Regarding the escalating cost of food, the governor mentioned plans to establish more markets where residents can purchase food items at discounted rates.

“We will open Sunday Markets in at least 42 identified markets across Lagos State. You will be able to buy food items at a discounted price. You will only be able to buy items worth up to N25,000,” the governor said.

The governor said his administration was also constructing four food hubs to ensure food distribution in tackling rising food prices.

“Coupled with the one at Idi-Oro in Mushin, four more food hubs are under construction and 7 other locations in other local governments have also been identified for more food hubs to be developed,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He added that the 25% reduction on transport services will start this weekend for the State Public Transport system (BRT, Train, Ferry).

Furthermore, Sanwo-Olu announced a free delivery for pregnant residents across all government-owned hospitals in Lagos.

“There is an arrangement for free delivery including cesarean session at government hospitals,” he said.

On rising cost of drugs and other pharmaceutical products, the governor promised that his administration “will also give rebate on some particular drugs at our state government hospitals”.

The governor noted that his administration was also in discussions with various transport unions to reduce their fares.

“First is to express empathy with our citizens, We are not unmindful of the situation, as leaders, we must be able to solve socioeconomic problems,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He also challenged the private sector to look into what they can do for the citizens by replicating their role during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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