New fuel prices raise questions about the future of work in Nigeria

by Digital Brainiacs
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The removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria has led to a significant increase in commuting costs for workers. Both employers and employees share their challenges and express the need for cost-saving measures in the workplace.

Employers and workers in Nigeria are floating ideas for how to adapt to the ballooning fuel prices. In addition to record high inflation—22%—Nigerians now have to bear the weight of the full price of fuel which the government has partly shouldered for years through fuel subsidies. Now, the cost of fuel has nearly doubled, eliciting a commensurate increase in the cost of transportation and fuel-powered generators—common backups for the country’s unsteady power supply. People who work remotely, at the office or a combination of both are looking for ways to work around the situation and spend less money. 

James*, a salesperson at Access Bank in Port Harcourt, shared that the cost of his daily transportation using ride-hailing services has nearly…

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