SANWO-OLU PROMISES N30,000 MINIMUM WAGE, GETS LABOUR ENDORSEMENT
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Lagos governorship aspirant, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured that his administration will cater for workers’ welfare and ensure that retirees are being paid their pension allowance if elected in the coming election.
Sanwo-Olu said his government will ensure the implementation of the proposed N30,000 minimum wage and promised that no workers in the state would be denied of their lawful benefits.
The promises were made by the APC candidate in an interactive session with the labour union, involving Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and United Labour Congress (ULC), National Union of Teachers (NUT), and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), among others.
Accompanied by his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Sanwo-Olu declared his objective of delivering a better Lagos than the current one, saying part of his ambition to govern the state is premised on achieving a government-workers-friendly administration.
Responding to the question asked by the workers, he said his administration will proffer a lasting solution to the notorious Apapa gridlock issue which the workers said had contributed to low productivity and ill-health.
Sanwo-Olu revealed that the Federal Government had already commenced work on the construction of a parking lot for the heavy trucks that ply the route. He added that his government would re-visit the plan to create state-controlled parking lot for the trucks.
“My running mate and I have met with the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, who assured that the ministry is meeting with Dangote Group that took up the construction of the Apapa Highway.
“As a way of proffering lasting solution to the gridlock; when we form the next government, by the grace of God, we will bring back the idea of industrial park for these trucks. Rather than obstructing the road while waiting for their turn, the truck drivers can go there and park their vehicles,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu further noted that workers’ welfare and living condition are of utmost importance, and his administration will collaborate with the organised labour to introduce a housing scheme that would be beneficial to both the government and the workers.
Describing Sanwo-Olu as “a straightforward person”, the NLC Chairman, Comrade Idowu Adelakun declared his trust in the APC candidate, saying he will not disappoint the workers.
“Lagos has been consistent in paying the workers’ salaries early. We want the next government in the state to continue with this method in order to win continuous support of the workers,” Adelakun stated.