SANWO-OLU: LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE SALARY OF THE STATE CIVIL SERVANTS.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on October 4, 2022
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the state government will increase the salaries of civil servants in public office, as the general elections for 2023 are fast approaching.
Sanwo-Olu made this announcement during his courtesy visit to the Head, Office of Public Service in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
The governor said the decision of his administration to increase their salaries is a result of the current inflation in the Nigerian economy. He said:
I am aware of the pressure on all of you. I am aware of the pressure of inflation in the country. We are not going to wait for the Federal Government.
This is Lagos, we are going to review it. We are going to ensure that we can indeed take care of our public service because once we do that, not only would we expect a lot more from you, but the citizens will see the benefit of doing the right thing.
We don’t want the union to wait and hold us to ransom. We want a government that is proactive, reflects the yearnings of the people, and make that happen. Because you have not asked for that and I am here today, the salary increase is on the way and we will work it out as soon as possible.
The Lagos state governor promised the civil servants that he is going to work closely with the Heads of Service to ensure that new vehicles for directors are delivered before the end of October, saying that government will release 100 brand new cars for directors, with others to get theirs in subsequent phases.
Sanwo-Olu also said that his government has commissioned about 16 housing estates for the state civil servants.
He explained that the State Ministry of Housing will be deducting a certain percentage to enable other civil servants to enjoy the benefits.
Though it is not clear how soon the new salary scheme will take effect or by what percentage increase, the state civil service will be encouraged by the announcement, especially with the growing hike in the cost of goods and commodities as well as energy costs.