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News - South West - Lagos Updated: November 27, 2023

Lagos document exposes govt, pay N300,000 minimum wage — Sowore

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
November 27, 2023
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The African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate for the 2023 presidential election,  Omoyele Sowore said  the public procurement document has exposed the Lagos state government of alleged mismanagement and misappropriation.

He added that against the backdrop, workers in the state should be earning, at least, N300,000 per month.

Sowore stated this in the aftermath of the recent controversies surrounding the Lagos state government's public procurement document. 

“There is no reason on earth that anyone in the Lagos state workforce should be earning less than N300k per month based on the revelations of mismanagement, misappropriation and embezzlement of Lagos revenues exposed recently. 

"Don’t forget that my proposed minimum wage for Nigerian workers is N250k ($250) per month based on the cost of living, inflation and purchasing power parity,” Sowore said.

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The Lagos state government came under fire after a former governorship aspirant, Funso Doherty, called attention to a fictitious budget intended for procurement in the state.

Doherty, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate for 2023, stated that the Lagos State government should evaluate its goals before spending taxpayers' money.

Sowore's remark comes as states across the country struggle to fulfil the N30,000 minimum wage to their workers. 

Meanwhile, a new conflict is emerging between the Federal Government and organized labour on the issue of minimum wage and wage awards. 

The issue is over a N100 billion cut to the supplementary budgetary allocation for wage awards to federal government officials.

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While vehemently criticizing the Federal Government for cutting the supplementary budgetary allocation for wage awards to federal civil servants by N100 billion, labour organizations argue that the decision contradicts the previously negotiated wage rise contained in the Revised 2023 Supplementary Budget.

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