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Ebin Pa Wa (We are Hungry): How Lagos is set to take care of Lagosians

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As the cries of economic hardship and lean living reverberates across Nigeria, some state governments are trying to cushion their citizens back with measures that will have immediate effect at these trying times.

 

 

But if some.of these measures will have the desired effect is another kettle of fish entirely. Governor Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos state earlier this week announced over 10 policy measures backed with data that ue expects to go into effect immediately.

 

From flexible work policies for public servants to subsidy on government owned transportation channels to elements of free healthcare for certain key areas to launching affordable market spaces, every step is designed to uplift every Lagosian.

 

First, the government is introducing a 3-day work week for Levels 1-13 civil servants, this measure aims to provide relief and flexibility reflecting the governor’s commitment to the workforce’s well-being.

 

 

It is also implementing a 25% reduction on transport services for the State Public Transport system (BRT, Train, Ferry), putting back over ₦500 million monthly into the pockets of Lagosians. With the Red Line Rail about to be launched, there will be a lot more options for Lagos residents. Discussions with various unions to reduce their own fares is currently on going.

 

To address rising food prices, the Lagos state government will be opening Sunday Markets across 42 identified markets across the state to sell food items at really affordable rates. Lagosians will be able to buy commodities, not above the N25,000 threshold. Government aims to serve over 500,000 Lagosians with essential food items at rates that defy inflation.

 

 

Four more food hubs are under construction and seven other locations in other LGAs have also been identified for more food hubs to be developed.

 

The state’s healthcare initiatives are set to benefit over 50,000 women annually with free childbirth services across the State’s General Hospitals and secondary health facilities, alongside distributing free hypertensive medications to individuals in need.

 

In the government’s quest for a safer Lagos, over 200 unsafe structures have been demolished, prioritizing the safety of over 1 million residents. Major changes have happened at Obalende, Oshodi, Agege, Ijora and other areas.

 

 

On road infrastructure, the government is set to start work on 180 inner roads across the various local government areas. This will be undertaken by an empowered council chairmen and they will fix 120 roads concurrently. The State Government will support this effort by rehabilitating 60 inner roads.

 

On the 4th Mainland Bridge, groundbreaking will be done in April signifying Lagos State’s relentless pursuit of progress. This monumental project will not only improve connectivity but also drive economic growth, marking a historic milestone for Lagos.

 

Whether or not Lagosians should set their expectations high, it behoves on the government to at least walk it’s talk to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians.

 

And if Governor Sanwoolu’s words are to be reverberated;

 

“This is the time for all of us to come together as brothers and sisters as we creatively find ways to thrive during this period.

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