In order to lessen the impact of the elimination of petroleum subsidies, Anambra State Governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo announced that approximately 59,000 pensioners and public employees working for Anambra State and 21 local government areas will receive an additional N12,000 from September to December 2023.
The generosity, according to Soludo, comes on top of the 10% salary raise that the state has been providing since January 2023 as part of its “foresighted” response to the rising inflation.
This information was provided in a statement released on Monday in Awka by the governor’s press secretary, Christian Aburime, who also noted that all Nigerian citizens will experience certain hardships as a result of the long overdue disruptive change, particularly the withdrawal of the petrol subsidy.
According to the statement, Soludo acknowledged that President Bola Tinubu had unveiled a list of palliatives as the Federal Government’s reaction to easing the effects of the elimination of subsidies.
The governor assured that Anambra State will work with the federal government’s agenda to ensure that its residents benefit as much as possible from the federal programmes, but he did not specifically say whether Anambra State had received its share of the federal palliatives said to be distributed across the 36 states of the nation.
The governor said that the state will be giving rice to over 300,000 households in the upcoming weeks across the 326 wards of Anambra while also promising to keep up with clearing the backlog of gratuity and pension of its retirees.
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