Gombe Govt Unveils Monthly Financial Aid for Civil Servants
In a significant move to alleviate the economic hardships faced by civil servants in Gombe State, the State Government has announced monthly intervention funds for all civil servants across the board to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, the Deputy Governor of the state, made the announcement during a press briefing held on Friday.
Dr Jatau began his address by referencing the recent decision by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to remove fuel subsidies. The rationale behind this decision, as stated by Dr Jatau, was to ensure that the benefits of the subsidy reached the general populace rather than being exploited by a select few.
He, however, noted that this removal coincided with global economic difficulties, leading to severe economic hardships for the people.
Acknowledging the need to address these challenges head-on, Dr Jatau lauded the administration of his principal, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, for its proactive measures in distributing palliatives to disadvantaged households across the state.
According to Jatau, these palliatives, distributed to ten households in each of the 2988 polling units, aimed to cushion the effects of the economic hardships faced by the people.
On the new intervention plan designed to provide financial relief to civil servants in the state, the Deputy Governor revealed that starting from August 2023, the government will disburse ten thousand naira each on a monthly basis to all workers on both state and local government payrolls.
According to him, this initiative seeks to ease the financial burdens borne by the workforce due to the ongoing economic challenges.
Dr. Jatau also emphasized the importance of the GOHEALTH program, urging all Local Government Councils to ensure the enrollment of their staff. This program aims to address the healthcare needs of civil servants, further alleviating the hardships brought about by the current economic realities.
Closing his address, the Deputy Governor assured civil servants of the government’s unwavering commitment to their welfare and pledged to create a conducive working environment for them to contribute to the state and the nation’s development. He called upon civil servants to reciprocate this gesture by adhering to the rules and regulations of their service and actively supporting government policies and programs.
In a final appeal to all residents of Gombe State, particularly those who have not yet benefited from the palliatives, Dr Jatau urged patience, promising that the government would continue to explore additional interventions within the constraints of available resources.