Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government on Thursday announced the commencement of the 40 percent Peculiar Allowance to Civil Servants in the state
Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, stated this in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Talabi emphasised that the Peculiar Allowance was paid in fulfillment of the promises by Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration to cushion the effect of the economic hardship.
He explained that the purpose of the allowance was to boost the capacity of the workers for better productivity especially at this time of subsidy removal
The SSG said that the current administration remains committed to recognising and appreciating the diligent efforts of the workers, adding that conversion of the government buses to Compressed Natural Gas would be an added advantage to ease workers’ and residents’ mobility.
“The plan to make the payment is what was agreed on with labour unions to cushion the effect on fuel subsidy removal, apart from the payment of N10,000 to the workers in the State for three months, Peculiar Allowance is also being paid to every Civil Servant and it is going to be for a while until the new minimum wage will be put in place”. he said
Meanwhile, workers in the state have expressed delight over the payment of the allowance which has reflected in their salaries.
Recalled that the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun promised the Labour leaders in the wake of fuel subsidy that his government would pay 40 percent of the basic salary tagged, “Peculiar Allowance”, and additional payment of N10,000 palliatives for three months which commenced in July, 2023.
Also an announcement that it had taken delivery of 3,000 bags of grains from the Federal Government which would be distributed to all, as a committee has been set up to ensure even and adequate distribution.
A staff of the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Niyi Akinbobola, commended the strides of the government towards enhancing workers’ welfare in all ramifications, saying,’’ Payment of the Peculiar Allowance is a pleasant surprise.
Earlier, Mrs. Doyin Okulalu of the Bureau of Lands and Survey noted that the workers would always be grateful to the present administration for his magnanimity in alleviating the hard time that workers might be going through as a result of the subsidy removal.