Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said he had directed the Head of Service Office and the Ministry of Establishment, Training and Pension to start work on how to increase the entire salary of the public service.
He disclosed this on Tuesday while meeting with civil servants of the Lagos State Public Service during his working visit to the State Secretariat, Alausa.
He said that the planned increment was informed by the level of inflation in the country, which he said had been biting hard on the citizens.
The governor, however, did not mention the percentage of the increment and when it would kick off, but that modalities were being worked out.
He said, “I don’t want us to be a Lagos of “Buga,” we want to reflect it in our salary. I am aware of the pressure on all of you and the pressure of inflation in the country; we are not going to wait for the federal government. This is Lagos. We are Lagos.
”We don’t want to wait for a union to hold us to ransom, we want a government that is proactive, that will need to reflect on the yearnings of the people and make that happen,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu also said that the workers in the core establishment would receive a 25 per cent duty allowance increment.
He promised that the administration would present 100 brand new cars to some of the directors in the civil service, starting from the end of October.
In his welcome address, the Head of Service (HOS), Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, thanked the governor for fulfilling the promises he made to the workers when he first visited them in 2019.
Muri-Okunola said that Sanwo-Olu had fulfilled 80 per cent of the promises he made to the workforce.
Reeling out some of the achievements of the governor, the HOS said 35 new staff buses were given to the workers, prompt payment of staff salaries and international training for workers, among others.