An indigenous group, Pan-Lagos Youth Movement, has taken a critical look at the endorsement of the second term of the Lagos State governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, and described it as “an act of reciprocity to the good gestures of the governor towards them from his inception in office in 2019.”
Leader of the group, leader, Comrade Adewale Oladipupo, in a statement on Monday reminded that “during the era of the minimum wage of N30,000 approved by the Federal Government for the workers, Sanwo-Olu raised the minimum wage for the state workers to N35,000,” adding that “the governor has been paying as at when due.”
However, commending the workers for their act of gratefulness and exhibition of gratitude towards the governor’s earlier good gestures, the group said that the workers’ gesture translatedin to the popular dictum of ‘One good turn deserves another,’ remarking that “the workers deserve a pat on the back for paying Sanwo-Olu back in his own ‘coin’.”
Recall that, when workers in several states were calling for the heads of their governors during this year’s Workers’ Day on Sunday May 1, over their inability to carry out their responsibility of taking care of the workers, reports were agog that “Lagos workers endorse Sanwo-Olu for a second term in office.”
The reports had it that “the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, the Trade Union Congress, TUC and union leaders seized the opportunity of the celebration if the 2022 Workers’ Day to support the governor’s second term bid and also promised support for his re-election next year.”
Lagos State NLC Chairman, Comrade Funmilayo Sessi and her TUC counterpart, Comrade Olugbenga Ekundayo, along with leaders of trade union organisations were reported to have jointly and unanimously endorsed Governor Sanwo-Olu for a second term in office, on behalf of millions of formal and informal workers in Lagos State.
Their support for the governor, according to them was borne out of his worker-friendly posture and his capacity to walk his talk by delivering on his campaign promises in line with his administration’s THEMES Agenda, affirming that “there is no going back on their support for his return journey to office on May 29, 2023.
Against this foregoing, the youth movement therefore was of the conviction that the onus now rests on generality of the state’s citizens to rally round the workers to achieve their agenda for the governor’s second term in 2023, believing that, “with that, Sanwo-Olu’s second term would be like a dream that has already become a reality.”