Lagos State Government will pay its workers 15 percent bonus this month as an end of the year gift, according to Head of Service, Mrs Oluseyi Williams.
Williams disclosed this while speaking at the end of the year get-together and appreciation party for principals and directors in the Ministry of Education held on Friday, said that the bonus would be paid along with the December salary any moment from now.
The bonus is to show that the government is committed to the welfare of workers, she added.
“Some states are owing their workers up to four months salary but that is not the case in Lagos,” said Williams.
“I was discussing with some HOS and they told me they are looking for money to pay their workers salaries.
“Our workers will receive their December salary any moment from now and I am happy to say it that it will come with 15 per cent bonus.
“Government appreciates your service to the state and urges you to continue to put in your best.
“Wherever you get your daily meal, it is good to put in your best; your reward is on earth,” she said.
The head of service therefore urged the principals and directors to re-double their efforts in 2015.
Also speaking at the event, Lagos State Commissioner for Education Olayinka Oladunjoye, said that the party was organised to show appreciation to the principals and directors for their wonderful performance in 2014. She urged them not to relent in their efforts, as the government expects them to do even better than this year’s commendable performance, in 2015.
“You are a veritable member of the education family and we are here to celebrate you and thank you for taking care of our children in your care.
“As you take care of the children, God will reward you all. We are not there yet but with your support, we will get their together,” she said.
On behalf of teachers in state, NUT Chairman, Lagos branch Segun Raheem commended the government for the kind gesture. He also commended the government for introducing the World Bank supported Eko project, which he noted, has improved the performance of students.
He however urged the government to recruit more teachers, as there are many spaces that needs to be filled to ensure all schools in the state have sufficient teachers.
“We have few teachers in English, History, Music and Geography.
“The result of last May/June SSCE examination shows students perform poorly; as professionals, we need to come together to discuss and see if this is so.
“We should find out why students are failing English and not other subjects set in the same language,” he said.