Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the state government will increase the salaries of civil servants in public office.
Mr Sanwo-Olu made the announcement during a courtesy visit to the Head Office of the Public Service in Alausa, Ikeja.
Media reports quoted the governor as saying that the latest decision by his administration was a result of rising inflation in the country.
“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,” he said.
“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 makes 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.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu also told the civil servants that he would work closely with the Head of Service to ensure that vehicles for directors were delivered before the end of October.
He added that the government would be releasing some 100 brand-new cars for directors, with others to get theirs in subsequent phases.
On housing, the governor said his administration has commissioned about 16 housing estates for civil servants in the state.
He, however, said the State Ministry of Housing will deduct a certain percent to enable other civil servants to enjoy the housing benefits.
Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor