LASG explains delay in minimum wage, shifts workers celebration

The Lagos State Government on Monday said the delay in the implementation of the newly approved minimum wage was because the new government had yet to “settle down.”

The Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, noted that the Public Service Day celebrated annually in June had also been moved to August to allow for proper preparation.

Muri-Okunola, who spoke at a press briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, said the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was still getting to know the financial condition of the state.

“The governor is just taking over the reins of administration in Lagos, in the meantime consolidating on getting all the facts and figures regarding our current financial status.

“And as soon as all of these are done, it will be a matter of whether we are implementing the minimum wage, our own minimum wage, or whether or not there are other incentives that will be added. It will definitely take off in the nearest possible shortest time,” he said.

According to the head of service, the Public Service Day, which is celebrated annually globally on June 23, is to recognise the value of service to humanity, appreciate workers in public service and highlight their contributions to development efforts worldwide.

Muri-Okunola stated that the theme for this year’s event, ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through Effective Delivery of Services, Innovative Transformation and Accountable Institutions,’ was in line with the state government’s commitment to improving public service delivery to the citizenry.

He explained that apart from mainstreaming corporate planning in its overall governance reform programme and in its approach to ensuring effective service delivery, the administration of Sanwo-Olu had shown determination to ensure that service delivery was optimised and that the expectations of Lagosians were met.

Muri-Okunola said this year’s Public Service Day fell on a Sunday and coincided with the period of transition to a new administration.

He said it had become imperative to postpone the celebration to August in order to allow “for proper preparation for the series of events for the week long celebration.”

The HoS, while expressing delight in the Lagos State Public Service for its depth of quality, determination and commitment, said the programme of events would be announced at a later date.

He urged workers to roll up their sleeves and gear up for the challenges ahead.
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