Plans have been concluded to pay three-month arrears of the new minimum wage, the implementation of which took off in November 2019, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has assured.
This was disclosed by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, at the 2020 Annual First Working Day Thanksgiving for Public Servants in the State.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Femi Hamzat, stated that the gesture was in recognition of the significant contributions and commitment of the public service to the realisation of the goals and aspirations of his administration.
Commenting the need to cater for the welfare of Public Servants in the State, he said, “We do this because we know this is the best public service in the country. The skill is there and the capability to deliver.”
He assured that the state government is committed to the completion of some major projects such as the Blue Line Rail, Red Line, and the Bus Rapid Transit; which according to him will have a multiplier effect on the wellbeing of the residents of the State.
He however solicited the continued support and cooperation of the public servants to deliver on the projects.
He stressed that in line with the present administration’s commitment to better the lots of residents, the state government has increased budgetary provisions to Health, Education, Works and Infrastructure.
Noting the importance and strategic position of Lagos and Nigeria in the socio-economic and political development in Africa, he urged public servants to do the right thing, work hard and pray.
The Governor said, “If Lagos don’t do well, Nigeria will not do well and if Lagos do well, Nigeria will do.
“if Lagos gets everything right, Nigeria will get it right.”
“We are the key to the success of Nigeria and Nigeria is the faith of the Black race.
“So, we must be upright, do the right thing; obey traffic rules and other regulations.”
In his remarks, the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola disclosed that in consonance with the new Minimum Wage Act, the state Governor, Mr. Sanwo-Olu has approved the payment of additional three months’ salary arrears to the State’s public servants.
He stated that the acknowledgment of the pivotal role of the public servants in the implementation of the T.H.E.M.E.S was responsible for the payment of the three months arrears.
The Head of Service declared that the state government had prioritized the continuous and sustained training based on robust learning and development policy, budgetary provision and staff welfare-oriented policies.
He urged workers to also improve the quality of service delivery and uphold the long-standing traditions of the public service namely the ethics and ethos of discipline, honesty, integrity, and transparency.
According to Muri-Okunola, “In moving ahead towards successfully taking Lagos State closer to our shared vision of a cleaner, smarter and more habitable city through the highest standards of quality service delivery, it is imperative that we all recognize the critical importance of updating our knowledge, skills, and competences.”