Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday disclosed that the state was ready to pay more than the N30,000 benchmark for the National Minimum Wage.
The Governor who said this during a meeting with the organised labour unions held at the State House in Alausa, added that the implementation of the new minimum wage payment would take off when the Federal Government and labour unions conclude their negotiations.
According to Sanwo-Olu, the state is already drawing up its finances and creating additional revenue sources that would enable the government sustain the new minimum wage payment.
“As a government, we take the issue of minimum wage very seriously. We know how important and germane it is to the wellbeing of our people.
“We are technically ready to implement the new minimum wage. I made commitment during my previous interactions with the labour unions before my assumption of office and I am still keeping to the promise made. However little it is, we will certainly pay more than N30,000 minimum wage.
“We understand the position Lagos occupies and we understand the challenges workers are facing in Lagos. If other states can raise up to that amount, I believe Lagos needs to show a bit more to appreciate workers’ contribution to the growth of our State.”