agos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said he announced a pay rise across all levels for workers in the State’s public service to cushion the effects of inflation, high prices of commodities and the rising cost of living.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that Governor Sanwo-Olu announced the pay rise for workers in the State’s civil service while addressing the workers at the State secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja on Tuesday.
“Earlier today, I announced a pay rise across all levels for workers in the state’s public service. We took this decision to cushion the effects of inflation, high prices of commodities and the rising cost of living being experienced across the globe on our workforce.
“With this increase, not only will we expect more from our workers, our citizens must also see the benefits of this decision in the delivery of services. I have directed all the necessary agencies to work out the modalities for upward review and statutory approvals,” Sanwo-Olu clarified.
Speaking while addressing the workers, the Governor emphasized that his administration is proactive to the yearnings of civil servants and that he understands that the high inflation in the country may have affected the purchasing power of workers. He stressed the state will not wait for the federal government before it improves the well-being of workers.
“I have looked around and I know that as a country, there is pressure. I know that, as a country, there is a high level of inflation. At our cabinet meeting, I instructed the head of the service office and the ministry of staff, training, and pensions to start work on how we are going to increase the entire salary of our public servants,” he said.
The governor, however, did not mention the percentage of the increment and when it would kick off, but that modalities were being worked out.
”You have not asked for this one. I have looked around and I know that as a country, there is pressure, I know that as a country there is high level of inflation. I know that as a country there is high cost of living.
”Last month, at a cabinet meeting, I instructed the Head of Service Office and the Ministry of Establishment, Training and Pension to start work on how we would increase the entire salary of the public service.
”I don’t want us to be a Lagos of ”Buga”, we want to reflect it in our salary. I am aware of the pressure on all of you and the pressure of inflation in the country, we are not going to wait for the Federal government. This is Lagos. We are Lagos.
”We are going to review it. We’re going to ensure that we can indeed take care of our public service. Once we do that, not only will we expect a lot more from you, but the citizens will see the benefit of doing the right thing.
”We don’t want to wait for a union to hold us to ransom, we want a government that is proactive, that will need to reflect on the yearnings of the people and make that happen,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu also said that the workers in the core establishment duty would receive a 25 per cent duty allowance increment.
He promised that the administration would present 100 brand new cars to some of the directors in the civil service, starting from the end of October.
The governor thanked the workers for supporting his administration, urging them to do more to serve all residents.
”I am one of you and part of you. The support I have received from you has been unprecedented. I appreciate the support you have given my government.
“The future is bright and there is nothing too much for us to do as a government,” he said.
In his welcome address, the Head Of Service (HOS), Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola thanked the governor for fulfilling the promises he made to the workers when he first visited them in 2019.
Muri-Okunola said that Sanwo-Olu had fulfilled 80 per cent of the promises he made to the workforce.
Reeling out some of the achievements of the governor, the HOS said 35 new staff buses were given to the workers, prompt payment of staff salaries, international training for workers, among others.