Sanwo Olu Increased Minimum Wage From N35K to N70K? Fact Emerges

Sanwo Olu Increased Minimum Wage From N35K to N70K? Fact Emerges

  • An X user claimed that Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had increased the minimum wage from N35,000 to N70,000
  • This is coming at a time when the average household purchasing power is falling sharply on account of loss of income
  • A fact-checking platform investigated the claim and shared its findings in a report published recently journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism in Nigeria.

Ikeja, Lagos state - An X (formerly Twitter) user @_callmebekky, on April 25, 2024, claimed in a post that Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos state had increased the minimum wage of civil servants in the state to N70,000.

The post had an attached video of Governor Sanwo-Olu addressing an audience.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu has not increased the minimum wage from 35,000 Naira to 70,000 Naira
Lagos governor’s video does not depict an increase in the minimum wage of state workers but an increase in the wage allowance. Photo credit: Kola Sulaimon
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Its caption reads:

“Governor Sanwo-Olu has increased the minimum wage from 35,000 Naira to 70,000 Naira."

As of Thursday, May 2, 2024, the post has garnered over 228,000 views, more than 213 replies, 640+ reposts, and about 1,500 likes.

Following the claim, a fact-checking platform, Dubawa, decided to investigate the claim.

Following its scrutiny, Dubawa ruled that the claim that the Lagos state governor announced an increase in the minimum wage of civil servants in Lagos from N35,000 to N70,000 is untrue.

It also quoted Olabisi Idowu, the vice chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Lagos state council, as saying that negotiations on a new minimum wage were ongoing.

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Sanwo-Olu confirms new wage award for workers earlier reported that Sanwo-Olu disclosed that his administration added a new N35,000 wage allowance to the minimum wage workers receive in the state since January 2024.

The governor made the disclosure, adding that the state would soon roll out a new minimum wage scheme for workers.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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