In a bid to alleviate the impact of the withdrawal of petrol subsidy, Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River State has unveiled a series of palliative measures aimed at supporting the welfare of the people. These initiatives were announced in a press statement issued earlier today.
First and foremost, the government intends to provide a monthly allowance of N10,000 to all workers, regardless of sector or status, for the next six months, starting from September 2023. This move is expected to ease the burden on individuals and families who may be affected by the subsidy removal.
In addition, the state plans to reintroduce a mass transit system for inter-city travel at a reasonably subsidized rate. This initiative will benefit all citizens, ensuring that transportation costs remain affordable and accessible for all.
Governor Otu emphasized the government’s commitment to education by maintaining the free tuition policy in all government-owned primary and secondary schools. Furthermore, the state will continue to bear the cost of examination fees for the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for indigenes of Cross River, further easing the financial strain on families.
To improve healthcare, the state government will extend free medical care to children under the age of five and pregnant women. Governor Otu highlighted the importance of ensuring the well-being of the vulnerable sections of society, and thus announced the inclusion of elderly individuals aged 60 years and above in the free medical care program.
Recognizing the crucial role of agriculture in sustaining the economy, the government plans to provide soft loans to farmers and supply them with necessary inputs such as fertilizers. These measures are aimed at boosting food production within the state, ensuring food security and supporting the agricultural sector.
Governor Bassey Otu’s announcement of these palliative measures reflects the government’s commitment to the welfare of its citizens amidst the challenges posed by the withdrawal of petrol subsidy. By providing financial and social support, as well as encouraging agricultural productivity, the state aims to alleviate the potential hardships that may arise.
The implementation of these initiatives underscores Cross River State’s dedication to maintaining social stability and well-being, even in the face of economic changes. As the impact of petrol subsidy removal continues to unfold, the government remains resolute in its efforts to mitigate any adverse effects and provide assistance to its citizens.
It is anticipated that these measures will provide a degree of relief to individuals and families, fostering a sense of security and renewed hope for a prosperous future.