News - South West - Ogun Updated: February 15, 2024

Economic hardship: Governor Abiodun unveils N5 billion palliatives

By Philip Adeboye
February 15, 2024

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has announced the distribution of palliatives valued at over N5 billion aimed at alleviating the hardship faced by residents and improving their quality of life.

Addressing the media in Abeokuta on Wednesday, Governor Abiodun acknowledged the challenges confronting the populace and assured them of his administration's commitment to addressing their needs.

He expressed gratitude for the resilience and understanding shown by the people of Ogun State during these trying times, emphasizing that the current economic challenges are temporary and will soon be overcome.

Furthermore, Governor Abiodun extended appreciation to President Bola Tinubu for his unwavering dedication to navigating the complexities of the nation's economic landscape.

“The federal government is not only steadfast in its commitment toward creating a brighter future for all citizens, but it is also trying hard to foster a society where prosperity and well-being of the entire citizens prevail,” he said.


Abiodun said that his administration acknowledges the concerns raised by many of the citizens regarding the rising food prices and shortages, coupled with the depreciation of the naira.

The governor said that the state was taking proactive measures to alleviate the impact of these challenges to guarantee the welfare, well-being and wellness of its citizens in these difficult times.

“We aim to address these challenges by implementing a series of phased initiatives aimed at alleviating these burdens on all our citizens.

“The state is providing a minimum of five exercise books for all 850,000 students in our public primary and secondary schools.

“We are providing a one-time N10,000 education support grant for at least 100,000 pupils in our public primary and secondary schools in the state.


“Providing all 27,600 indigent students in tertiary institutions nationwide with an education grant of N50,000 each.

“In the health sector, we will be providing insurance health cover for over 70,000 beneficiaries to include pregnant women, children, the elderly, market women and other members of the informal sector.

“More specifically, for pregnant women, under our Ibidero Scheme, we will be providing free pre-natal care, an additional N5,000 per birth and free post-natal care in our state hospitals and primary health care centres across the state,” he said.

The governor added that the state would provide food palliatives to include rice and other items for about 300,000 households across the state.

Abiodun said that the state government would commence offsetting the backlog of inherited deductions of civil servants, adding that N500 million monthly payment would be committed toward outstanding deductions.


“It is noteworthy that we have continued to pay N10,000 transport allowance to all civil servants for the last eight months.

“This brings our total immediate interventions as a responsible state government to about N5 billion across all sectors of the state economy,” he said.

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