Sanwo-Olu, heads of Lagos tertiary institutions disagree over new minimum wage

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has asked the heads of the state-owned tertiary institutions to be responsible for the implementation of the new minimum wage for their workers.

The governor said the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted negatively on the state’s revenue generation capacity and demanded that whatever is given to these institutions as subventions should be augmented with the internally generated revenues across the campuses.

But some members of management of the affected institutions, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on the matter, described the directive as unrealistic. They said that the governor is not unaware of their lean purse, and that shouldering such responsibility “would simply mean that nothing else can be done in the institutions apart from salary payments.”

Members of various workers’ unions across the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Lagos State University (LASU), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), among others, had on Monday disrupted resumption activities on the various campuses.

The protesting workers under the umbrella of Academic Staff Union of…

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