— I will pay N100,000.00 minimum wage
— We will buy houses for the expansion of roads
The Governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) Mr. Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi (popularly known as BOG) has promised to re-adjust public sector salaries to align with present day realities.
BOG stated this recently at a media chat with community media practitioners as part of sensitising Lagos residents on his plans for the state if elected as governor. According to him, “Reviewing public sector salary is the wise thing to do and very important at that because today, government is the largest employer of labour. It is a reality we have to deal with. We need to restructure their salaries. We need to make the ordinary road sweeper to be enabled financially to fend for her family, by so doing, we eradicate making toll gates out of the table of an average civil servant.”
The Real Estate mogul said he intends to computerise civil service processes and build the consequences into the computerised system, ‘so that if someone’s file lands on your desk and the time you are supposed to treat it passes, automatically, the system generates a penalty with no human intervention, if you fail to log it (the file) as having gone out.’
He promised to pay a minimum wage of One hundred thousand Naira and set targets and mechanisms that will make every worker perform effectively and efficiently.
The Amen Estate Chairman expressed concern on the poverty rate in the state, vowing to reduce the cost of living by taking away factors that make people spend money, such as transportation, electricity and education. He promised to improve road infrastructure by expanding the scope of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation, lamenting that the LSPWC equipment is grossly inadequate for the over 24 million people in the state.
“We will fix the roads. The activities of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation have demonstrated that if there’s a will, it can be done. The current equipment in the corporation is grossly inadequate for a population of 24 million. It is disgraceful. We need to expand the infrastructure of the corporation, widen the scope of operation so that every local government gets a depot. Each depot will have a bitumen plaza and modern equipment like bulldozer and excavator among others to expand our road network.”
“The Lagos-Badagry expressway has to be fixed, we will fix the Badagry expressway few months into our administration.”
BOG who won hearts at Lagos governorship debate frowned at the poor educational standard, promising to make education free at all levels, up to first degree, stating that there are 18,000 private schools compared to 3,000 public schools. He added that his administration will build more schools across the state, while simultaneously investing in teacher recruitment and training by experts.
“You will not be hearing about schools that cost millions or even billions. We are going to be very rational, and we are going to be able to do it because we would have satisfied the civil service”, he averred.
On entertainment, the governorship candidate reaffirmed his preparedness to support Nollywood through Amen Estate. He said, “The sector will be given support not just in aesthetics, which is why production houses come to Amen Estate in Lekki, but also intellectual property will be protected. The Lagos Ministry of Justice will have a special unit dedicated to dealing with intellectual property violation. This will also benefit the state because when the right people are making the money, the state will get its share through taxes.”
He confirmed his readiness to partner community media, recognising them as a major tool for development, while pledging to hand over waste management, advertising rates and approval of town planning to local government areas to enable them patronise community media,
BOG has promised to take Lagos beyond ordinary governance. He encouraged the public to trust his administration will have nothing to do with corruption saying, “I have a name to protect, a name handed down to me by my forefathers, and I plan to hand it down to the next generation in a more pristine form than it was handed down to me.”
— I will pay N100,000.00 minimum wage