The Lagos State government has pledged to pay a total of three months arrears of the new minimum wage to civil servants in the state.
This was disclosed by Obafemi Hamzat, the state’s Deputy Governor, at the 2020 Annual First Working Day Thanksgiving Service for public servants in the state on Thursday.
According to Hamzat, the arrears payment will be set from November 2019, the month when the implementation of the minimum wage commenced.
The Deputy Governor explained that the gesture was to recognise and appreciate the state workers for their vital contributions towards the effective governance of the state government.
He urged them to continue to support the government in order to make the delivery of the Blue Line Rail, the Red Line Rail, the Bus Rapid Transport and other major projects of the state government a reality.
“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,” Hamzat said.
Speaking earlier, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the Head of Service, Lagos State, said the governor’s approval of the payment was in consonance with the Minimum Wage Act.
Acknowledging the pivotal role played by public servants in the state, Muri-Okunola implored the workers to improve the quality of service delivery and uphold the long-standing traditions of discipline, integrity and transparency of the public service.