Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced increase in salaries for the state’s workforce which is over 100,000.
Mr Sanwo-Olu announced this on Tuesday during his working visit to the secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja.
He said the increase will be above the Federal Government’s minimum wage standard, “as Lagos is a pacesetter and first in setting the standard.”
Sanwo-Olu also promised to pay all the outstanding backlog of pensions to workers by the end of October.
“We know there is inflation and high cost of living in the country, but we are determined to cushion the effects on our workers and residents,” he said.
“Last month (September), I instructed the Head of Service, HoS, the Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions to work out modalities for salary increase for the entire over 100,000 of public service workforce.
“We are capable of doing this. Lagos leads while others follow in Nigeria. In salary increment, we are leading again.
“We are going to reflect the popular Buga slogan in the payment of salaries. We are not going to wait for the Federal Government’s Minimum Wage increase.
“We have commenced the process, I can assure that by early next year it wlil be ready for implementation.
“We don’t want to wait for workers’ unions to hold us to ransome before we do the needful.”
On the backlog of pensions, Sanwo-Olu stated, “I want to reassure you that all the few outstanding backlogs of pensions will be sorted out this week and payment by the end of October.
“We are the highest and best paying pensions in Nigeria.
“We are clearing the entire backlog of pensions, it’s a liability we met on ground.”