Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye; Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle; State Chairman, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Gbenga Ekundayo; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman of National Labour Congress, NLC Lagos Chapter, Comrade Funmi Sessi; Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola and other labour leaders. Photo: Omolara Omosanya (Radio Nigeria).
The Lagos State Government says it is technically ready to pay the new thirty thousand national minimum wages and even a little above it.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance during separate meetings with the leaders of the State Chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, the Trade Union Congress, TUC and the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, JNC at the Lagos House Alausa Ikeja.
According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, the willingness of the State to pay a little above the new wage being demanded by the Unions is in recognition of the socio-economic status of Lagos and the attendant impact of living in a growing smart city which workers in the State have to battle with.
The Governor said ” We are technically ready to implement the new minimum wage, however little it is, we will certainly pay more than N30,000 minimum wage. We understand the position Lagos occupies and we understand the challenges workers are facing in Lagos, If other States can raise up to that amount, I believe Lagos needs to show a bit more to appreciate workers’ contribution to the growth of our State.”
The Governor who appealed to the Labour leaders to key-in to administration’s agenda on the environment, as well as partner government in sensitizing members on need to have positive attitude on environmental issues, sued for continued harmonious relationship between government and Labour Unions in the State and directed the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola and the Commissioner for Establishment, Trainings and Pension, Mrs Ajibola Ponle to see to some of the requests made by the Labour leaders.
Earlier, the State NLC leader, comrade Funmi Sesi and her TUC counterpart, Gbenga Ekundayo had made series of requests including introduction of premium insurance, timely pension payment for retired workers, an improved mortgage for post-retirement housing scheme, free social services for the Senior citizens, while Rasak Falade of the JNC reiterated the overall labour body positions and also appealed for a befitting secretariat for the Unions and vehicles.
All the labour leaders who were excited over the promises made by Governor Sanwo-Olu pledged to continue to collaborate with the government towards making the State a haven for workers and all residents.