After the implementation of the new minimum wage which took off in November 2019, the Lagos State Government has promised to pay public servants three months’ arrears of the wage.
This development was revealed on Thursday by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat at the 2020 Annual First Working Day Thanksgiving Service for public servants in the state.
Speaking further at the function, Hamzat stated that the gesture was to recognise the commitment and contributions of workers to the realisation of the goals of the state government.
On some of the ongoing projects in the state like: the Blue Line Rail, the Red Line Rail, the Bus Rapid Transport, Hamzat solicited for the cooperation of the workers for government to deliver which would have multiplier effects on the well-being of residents.
In his words he said, “We are key to the success of Nigeria and Nigeria is the faith of the black race. So, we must be upright, do the right thing, obey traffic rules and other regulations,”
Commenting on the minimum wage, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who is the Head of Service, disclosed that, the state governor had approved the payment of the three months’ arrear, which is in consonance with the new Minimum Wage Act.
He also said that the acknowledgement of the pivotal role of the public servants in the implementation of the T.H.E.M.E.S policy was responsible for the approval.
Mr Muri-Okunola also encouraged the workers to improve the quality of service delivery and uphold the long-standing traditions of discipline, integrity and transparency of the public service.