In a move aimed at recognizing and appreciating the dedication of public servants, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has given his nod to a N35,000 wage award for state public servants. Additionally, a 50% end-of-year bonus of the basic salary has been approved for political appointees, public servants, local government employees, and personnel of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board and the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps.
The circular conveying this decision, titled ‘2023 End Of Year Bonus And Implementation Of Wage Awards,’ was issued by the Lagos State Head of Service, Bode Agoro, and is referenced as CIR/HOS/’23/Vol. 1/109. The circular emphasized the governor’s acknowledgment of the vital role played by public servants in the state’s progress and his commitment to their welfare.
According to the circular, the end-of-year bonus and the wage award will be disbursed alongside the December 2023 salary and will be classified as a non-taxable component. The statement highlighted the governor’s continuous appreciation of the contributions of public servants and the administration’s unwavering dedication to their well-being.
The circular reads, “As part of the present administration’s continuous appreciation of the contributions of all public servants towards the advancement of the state and its unrelenting commitment to the welfare of its workforce, it is hereby notified for general information that Mr. Governor has graciously approved the payment of 50% of basic salary as end-of-year bonus for all political appointees and public servants, including employees of local governments and local council development areas, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board and Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps.”
It further stated, “In the same vein, Mr. Governor has further approved the implementation of the wage award (palliative) pending the review of the national minimum wage. Therefore, the 50% of basic salary as an end-of-year Bonus, as well as the wage award palliative), will be paid alongside the December 2023 salary as a “non-taxable element.”
The circular concluded by urging public servants to strive for excellence in delivering quality services to the people of the state in alignment with the governor’s THEMES+ Agenda. It also directed heads of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies to give the circular the necessary service-wide publicity.