LAGOS PROMISES TO PAY NEW MINIMUM WAGE TO TERTIARY INSTITUTION WORKERS
The Lagos State Government has promised to pay the new minimum wage to all tertiary institution workers in the State with effect from October.
This is coming barely 24 hours after the four staff Unions of Lagos State University, Ojo prevented the institution's Vice-Chancellor, Prof Olanrewaju Fagboun, staff and students from gaining entry into the University.
The unions included Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Union, and the National Association of Academic Technologists.
The unions alleged that other staff of the Lagos State Government had received a raise in their salaries, but all higher institutions in the State haven't benefitted from the increment.
Subsequently, a meeting was held on Tuesday, September 15, involving the executives of the unions and the Lagos State Government to resolve the crisis.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, it said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had vowed to commence payment of the new minimum wage/consequential adjustments to all workers in the State-owned tertiary institutions.
"Following a meeting of relevant stakeholders on the agitations for the implementation of the new minimum wage held on Tuesday 15, 2020, it is hereby notified that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has affirmed the state Government's commitment to paying the new minimum wage/consequential adjustments to all staff of all State-owned tertiary institutions with effect from October, 2020.
"Government therefore expects that normalcy is sustained as we collectively strive to ensure a guaranteed future for our students and the institutions," the statement read in part.
Recall that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had announced that undergraduate students in their final year in all Lagos State tertiary institutions should resume on September 14, 2020.