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Hardship: Sanwo-Olu approves slash in transportation fare, permits civil servants to work from home

By Dotun Oluwasakin Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has approved a 25 percent reduction on fares for government-owned transport services. Addressing residents on the…

By Dotun Oluwasakin

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has approved a 25 percent reduction on fares for government-owned transport services.

Addressing residents on the steps taken by his administration to ameliorate hardship, the governor said his administration had also reduced the number of days for civil servants to work from office.

He said civil servants from level 1 to 14 would work from home twice a week, while those from 15 to 17 were permitted to work from home once in a week.

“We want to start with our public servants, immediately from next week, Civil servants from the lower level will be working like 3 times a week and level 15-17 can work 4 times in a week,” he said.

“Not that all forms of government will be shut down. It will be calendarised and scheduled. Those on level 15 to 17 will miss work for one day.

“The 25% reduction on Transport services will start this weekend for the State Public Transport system (BRT, Train, Ferry),” he said.

He said other categories of civil servants, including teachers, will get other forms of support to be at work five times in a week.

Sanwo-Olu announced that the state was awaiting 300 trailer loads of foodstuff, adding that modalities had been put in place to ensure the items get to those who really need them.

He said the government would construct four food hubs to proffer a new way of food distribution in the state and tackle rising food costs.

“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 need able to buy items worth up to N25,000.”

“Coupled with the one at Idi-Oro, 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,” he said.

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