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Sanwo-Olu unveils wide-ranging measures to ease economic hardship in Lagos

Lagos Governor Initiates Multifaceted Interventions to Alleviate Citizens' Struggles Amid Soaring Costs

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has unveiled an array of interventions aimed at alleviating the profound economic strain experienced by residents of the state amidst soaring living costs.

During a live media chat on Thursday, Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed solidarity with Lagosians grappling with the repercussions of escalating inflation, particularly in food and commodity prices.

Sanwo-Olu outlined a comprehensive package of measures designed to provide immediate relief to vulnerable populations across the state, aligning with the federal government’s recovery strategies.

Speaking during the televised program moderated by seasoned media practitioners, including Dr. Reuben Abati of Arise TV and Babajide Kolade-Otitoju of Television Continental (TVC), the governor emphasized the need for decisive action to ease the burden on citizens.

As part of the initiatives, Sanwo-Olu announced a revised work schedule for civil servants in Lagos State, with employees in Grades 1–14 transitioning to a three-day workweek until further notice. Those in Grades 15–17 will operate on a four-day schedule, aiming to alleviate stress amid economic uncertainties.

In a bid to address transportation challenges, the governor mandated a 25 percent reduction in fares across state-owned public transport services, including BRT, trains, and ferries.

Furthermore, Sanwo-Olu detailed agricultural interventions, including the distribution of food packages to 300,000 vulnerable households and the launch of “Sunday Markets,” offering staple foods at reduced prices across 42 communities for the next five weeks.

Additionally, the Governor introduced the “Soup Bowl” initiative, providing free meals to 1,000 to 1,500 individuals daily in every local government area for up to 60 days.

In education, Sanwo-Olu announced increased transport support for teachers and suspended the requirement for tax payment proof for school enrollment to prevent pupil absenteeism.

In healthcare, the Governor reinstated free child delivery programs in state-owned hospitals and initiated biweekly community health missions offering free check-ups and medications for diabetes, hypertension, and eye conditions.

Sanwo-Olu also addressed infrastructure and security, highlighting plans to reconstruct 180 inner roads and the readiness to deploy 10,000 personnel for state policing pending constitutional approval.

Urging against civil unrest, the governor emphasized the importance of unity and patience, assuring Lagosians of the bipartisan committee’s commitment to fostering dialogue and implementing effective solutions.

Sanwo-Olu’s comprehensive approach reflects a concerted effort to navigate Lagos through the challenges of the present while laying the groundwork for a more resilient and inclusive future.

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