Lagos State Govt Commenced Payment Of New Minimum Wage To Boost Workforce:
Lagos State public servants have started receiving the new minimum wage which has been ignored by some governors in the country.
With this development, Lagos has scored yet another first as the first state to pay the new wage in the country. Lagos might be the economic nerve centre of the country, and also one of the biggest economies in Africa, but like a man with a big head and also a bigger headache, the state has huge financial commitments. For instance, the number of teachers in the Lagos State payroll alone is the equivalent of all the civil servants in some states in the country!
It is important to stress that apart from being the first state to pay the minimum wage, the Lagos State government has equally raised the bar by paying more than the N30, 000 agreement which organized labour reached with the Federal Government. I have learnt not to judge people by what they say but by what they do. With this singular action, Governor Sanwo-Olu has painted his self portrait as a welfarist leader. He has proved that it is possible to be in power and still remember the oppressed. He has, no doubt, written his name in gold as a foremost civil servant-friendly governor.
Right now, pensioners are also getting a review on their earnings, just as the state continues to pay them as at when due. The state is generally applauded as one of the few states that do not make pensioners groan, grumble or cry before they get their pension Perhaps, the most interesting part of the whole minimum wage issue is that Governor Sanwo-Olu is not using it as a ‘propaganda tool to receive unnecessary media hype. Now, that is what I call a leader with a good heart.
Meanwhile, Now that the governor has done his part, it has become essential for the public servants to reciprocate with more hardwork, dedication and selfless service. As they say, unto whom much is given, much will is required. Thus, this is the time for public servants in the state to roll up their sleeves, with their hand to the till, their back to the wall and nose to the grindstone and work smarter and harder than before. This is the time to prove that we deserve more than the new minimum wage. Let there be an increase in productivity. Let there be a surge in qualitative service delivery. Let critical thinking shoot up in our workspaces. Let’s make the state government proud.
Now to the crux of the matter; it is a good thing that workers salaries have been increased, but increase in salary does not automatically translate into increased prosperity.
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