Nigeria: Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu Introduces 3-Day Work Week

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has unveiled a series of impactful policy measures aimed at alleviating the challenges faced by residents. In a recent media chat, he announced over 10 initiatives backed by data, highlighting the state government’s commitment to the well-being of its people during these trying times.

One of the key announcements is the introduction of a 3-day work week for Levels 1-13 civil servants. This measure, designed to provide relief and flexibility, underscores the government’s focus on the workforce’s welfare.

To ease the financial burden on commuters, the state is implementing a 25% reduction in transport fares for the State Public Transport system (BRT, Train, Ferry), putting back over ₦500 million monthly into the pockets of Lagosians. Additionally, discussions are underway with various unions to reduce their fares, further benefiting residents.

In a bid to address rising food prices, the government will be opening Sunday Markets across 42 identified markets, selling food items at affordable rates not exceeding N25,000. This initiative aims to serve over 500,000 Lagosians with essential food items at rates that defy inflation. Furthermore, the construction of four additional food hubs and identification of seven locations for more food hubs across local government areas are underway.

Healthcare initiatives include providing free childbirth services to over 50,000 women annually across the State’s General Hospitals and secondary health facilities, along with distributing free hypertensive medications to individuals in need.

The government’s commitment to safety and law enforcement is evident through the demolition of over 200 unsafe structures, prioritizing the safety of over 1 million residents. Major changes have been implemented in key areas such as Obalende, Oshodi, Agege, and Ijora.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also emphasized the importance of state policing, highlighting the readiness of the Lagos Neighbourhood Agency to deploy 10,000 men with more training if full state policing is approved by the Federal Government.

Infrastructure development remains a priority, with plans to commence work on 180 inner roads across various local government areas. Additionally, groundbreaking for the 4th Mainland Bridge is scheduled for April, marking a historic milestone for Lagos and driving economic growth.

Partnerships with other states, including Ogun and Oyo, aim to improve collaboration on various projects. The government has secured 500 hectares of land in Ogun State for rice cultivation and continues to support neighboring states in times of need.

Governor Sanwo-Olu concluded by urging unity and creativity among residents during these challenging times, reaffirming his commitment to providing updates as more solutions are developed.

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