Adamawa workers, pensioners to receive N10,000 monthly subsidy removal allowance

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By Jim Ochetenwu

Workers as well as pensioners on the payroll of the Adamawa State Government are to get N10,000 each month as petrol subsidy removal allowance.

The special allowance regime will last six months, according to details of the state palliative package unveiled in Yola Wednesday.

The chairman of the committee set up by the state government to determine the package, Dr Edgar Amos Sunday, who announced the palliative to newsmen at the Government House in Yola, said buses would be provided to move workers between their houses and the state secretariat in Jimeta, where most of the ministries are located.

Sunday, who is also the Chief of Staff to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, said similar buses would be provided to provide inter-local government transport to members of the public at subsidised fares.

The chief of staff also revealed that Governor Fintiri has approved the full implementation of the national minimum wage for local government workers beginning with the salary of next month, August.

The state governor, he said, has also approved the procurement of 70 trucks of maize and 20 trucks of rice for distribution to the people of the state at subsidised rates.

“The government will also purchase 50 trucks of fertiliser specifically for workers at a subsidised rate,” Sunday added.

He explained that the measures were part of the recommendations submitted by the special committee constituted to cushion the effect of subsidy removal.

Reacting to the palliative package By the Adamawa State Government, the state Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Dauda Aliyu, said organised labour will continue to protect the interests of workers under its umbrella.

DAILY POST reports that while workers under the state government have been receiving the N32,000 minimum wage (to be N42,000 for the next six months because of the new palliative), workers on the payroll of the different local government councils had only been receiving what was due to them before the minimum wage regime.

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