- Lagos state workers are set to dance to the famous 'Buga' song following a recent increase in their salaries
- This disclosure of salary increase for worker resident in Lagos was made by the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, October 4
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The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved a salary increase for all workers in the state.
Vanguard reports that while the governor did not disclose the actual amount or increase made to the workers' salary, he claimed his action will surpass that of the Federal Government which has pegged the national minimum wage at N30,000.
The governor also noted that Lagos state is a pacesetter and the first in setting the standard which is expected to be emulated by other states.
Addressing a large crowd of workers at the Head of Service office in Alausa, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu said the state government understands that the inflation is hiting on the people and is determined to cushion its effects.
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“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."
He also noted that the new salary increments implementation will take place with effect from early next year.
Payment of backlog of pensions
Assuring that the state government will clear all the backlog of pensions owed to pensioners, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos would not wait for workers' unions to hold them to ransom before doing the needful.
"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.”
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