Ambode Vows Better Deal For Civil Servants
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that his robust experience in mainstream public service makes him well positioned and most suitable to cater for the best interests of the civil servants in the state, when elected as the next Executive Governor.
He said this yesterday at an interactive session with Lagos civil servants, held at the Bero-Adeyemi Auditorium in Alausa.
Ambode said: “I am proud to stand before you as one of yours and to assure you that this project before us is basically about you. I come with a promise to employ my experience in this noble profession, to serve your best interests as civil servants.
“This is a constituency I readily relate with, and with my vast know-how about the way things work here, I make bold to say that I am in the best position to cater for your interests, and thoughtfully admit your wishes and variant concerns.”
As the interaction got underway, Ambode entertained questions from the civil servants, after which he took time to enlist his plans and programmes designed to better the lives and expertise of the ones he described as “the workers who actually put their hands on deck in the process of making government work”.
The questions bordered mainly around salary structure review, working standards, worker welfare, retirement benefits and some misgivings about bonuses and incentives.
To all these, Ambode gave detailed and assured responses. As touching salary, he said it is in the best interest of any sincere government to ensure that the salaries of her workers are commensurate with the integrity of each job designation. He therefore promised to consolidate on the ongoing productive negotiations the present administration is having with the Joint Negotiation Committee (JNC) on behalf of civil servants.
He also cleared the air about his rumoured singular role in the leave bonuses situation by stating, “no one can single-handedly make a decision as such. The movement from the harmonised salary structure to the consolidated one you have now, was informed by your very own calls to get a salary structure similar to the Federal model. The government back then in the year 2010, simply assuaged your yearnings”.
“I have always maintained that governance is about the people, and this leave bonus situation helps me drive home that point. Now that most of you want a reversal, we’ll definitely sit down again and review it together in favour of your best interests,” he added.
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