Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Gbenga Omotoso Omotoso has said salary increment for workers by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is not political.
Omotoso, at an interactive session with reporters yesterday in Ikeja, refuted negative insinuations in some quarters that the recent salary increment was nothing but a mere political gimmick to win the coming general election.
He said such insinuations were baseless, considering that the state governed by the All Progressives Congress (APC), since the return of civil rule in the country had been setting the pace for others to follow.
Omotoso said no matter the percentage of the increment, anyone putting more money in a person’s pocket was doing the person a whole lot of good.
“The governor is saying we appreciate the service you are providing and despite that things are so hard, you are still carrying on and you are putting smiles on the faces of residents, who are coming to government offices.
“No matter how low or high the percentage may be, I think the symbolism is that at this particular time, the governor feels that workers deserve a raise and he has pronounced it.
“And if you listen to him very well, he said he has instructed the office of the Head of Service, Establishment, State Treasury Office to come together to look at this and see what the numbers are and see how we can go, but that workers are going to get a pay rise is a forgone conclusion.
“I think the whole world is hailing him for doing that, but if people are now saying it is for political reasons, let many people in position of authority also do so for political reason and raise salary,” he said.
The commissioner said besides the salary increment, many projects were waiting for inauguration.
He said the government had over 30 schools to be inaugurated, and also housing projects, including jetties for inauguration before the end of 2022.
“We are building infrastructure for the Blue Line Rail system that will take passengers from Marina to Mile 2.
“We also have the Red Line that will convey passengers from Oyingbo to Agbado, both of them will be ready at the end of this year,” Omotoso said.