The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday increased the salary of public servants in the state.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State on New Media, Jibril Gawat. disclosed this in a Twitter post.
Jubril tweeted, “Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, today(Tuesday) met with Public Servants of the Lagos State Public Service.
“Mr Governor announced a surprise salary increment for workers in the Lagos Public Service.”
On the salary review, the governor said: “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.
“Last month (September), I instructed the Head of Service, HoS, the Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions to work out modalities for a 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 you that by early next year it will be ready for implementation.
“We don’t want to wait for workers’ unions to hold us to ransom 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 the ground.”