The former Governorship candidate under the Action Democratic Party in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi, has said no worker can live comfortably with the new minimum wage of N30,000 in Lagos due to the high cost of commodities in the state. The former Government while giving his speech at a conference in Lagos, said that One hundred thousand Naira (N100,000) minimum wage should be paid to workers because of the high cost of living in the state.
Gbadamosi said, “Lagos should be paying at least N100,000 minimum wage because of the high cost of living in the state.
No worker can live at ease on N30,000 salary in a month. The bad roads force transporters to keep increasing fares, rents are high, Lagosians pay so much to send their children to school.
The internally generated revenue of the State on monthly basis is said to be above N30bn and that is the official figure. The state also gets allocation from the FCT monthly, so, can we say we get value for about Forty Billion Naira (N40 Billion) made in a month?
Gbadamosi said the roads in Lagos were so bad that people were dying in the traffic jam caused by the poor state of the roads. The road rehabilitation and construction are the easiest tasks that can be done in governance, saying a kilometre of road in difficult terrains in the country will not cost more than Three Hundred Million Naira (N300m).
He said, “The Apapa traffic jam has not been sorted out contrary to the promise made by the governor that he would clear the traffic jam in his first 100 days in the office. I knew it was a tall order. He was probably prompted to make that promise by his political advisers, just to buy the heart of the people.
The soothing work they are doing on the roads is a total waste of resources. They said they could not lay asphalt on the roads during the rainy season but the dry season is here, yet they are yet to fulfill their promises.