LASG Debunks Allegation Of Non-Implementation of Minimum Wage
The Lagos State Government has dismissed the allegation of non-implementation of the National Minimum Wage policy in the state as a display of ignorance by the opposition, asserting that Lagos was the first to implement the policy among the 36 states of the Federation.
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, was quoted recently in some national dailies as alleging that the Lagos State Government was yet to implement the National Minimum Wage policy of the Federal Government.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba, he described the allegation as another display of bold ignorance by the PDP governorship candidate, explaining that the issue of minimum wage was settled on Tuesday February 7, 2011, when the State Government signed an agreement with the 14 approved labour unions in the State Civil Service.
The agreement, brokered by the then Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Mr. Jide Sanwoolu, the Statement said, increased the minimum wage of the lowest paid worker in the employment of the government by 69.6 percent which is a 7.6 percent increase over the Federal Government approved National Minimum Wage.
The statement enjoined the PDP governorship candidate to always endeavor to verify his “facts” before going public, adding that doing so would save him the continued public display of ignorance of the workings of the very government he is striving to head.