Dissatisfied by the attitude of the Babatunde Fashola-led administration toward their plight, civil servants in Lagos have demanded a change from the new administration led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Specifically, they want a review of existing training policy, outdated civil service regulations, alleged cuts in welfare benefits and discrimination against workers in some parastatals and agencies.
Meanwhile, the governor has promised to give the 128,000 workers their dues without discrimination, even as he insisted on 8am resumption hour for all. Ambode, who addressed a cross-section of the workers on Tuesday, said he had resolved to reward hard work and help them all to prepare for a worthwhile life at retirement.
It would be recalled that staff welfare and connected issues were some of the talking points in the build up to the general elections. Several of the workers that attended the “family meetings” at the behest of Fashola, were often quick to say that the governor was unfair to them for eight years.
Their complaint got to a the point of threatening to vote against the ruling party, but Fashola assuaged their grievances through convincing arguments of prompt payment of salaries and allowances that the state has provided, bus service scheme, meal subsidy at the canteen, staff housing loan among other benefits.