The Lagos State Government has increased the hazard allowance of health workers in the state to N25,000.
This was contained in a circular dated April 21 and issued by the state’s Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
This is coming barely 24 hours after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu told journalists at a media briefing that no health worker at the frontline of coronavirus response earned N5,000 as hazard allowance since coronavirus was first recorded in the state.
Muri-Okunola said the increment is in appreciation of the dedication of all health workers in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic and their daily exposure to the virus.
He added that the gesture is an incentive to boost the morale of the health workers as they go about their duties in saving lives.
“In appreciation of the dedication of all Health Officers in Lagos State to the fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic, as well as their daily hazardous exposure to the highly contagious disease, it is hereby notified for general information that Mr. Governor has approved the increment of Hazard Allowance for all Health Officers in Lagos State from N5,000 (Five Thousand Naira) to N25,000 (Twenty-Five Thousand Naira) for the month of April, 2020.
“The gesture is an incentive to all Health Officers in the State, as Frontline Responders in the fight against the Pandemic. It is believed that the Officers would reciprocate same with more doggedness and enthusiasm towards duty in all Health facilities State-wide.
“Furthermore, I wish to reiterate that our collective efforts will yield the desired result, as this Pandemic shall pass. Accounting Officers are enjoined to note the contents of this Circular and give it the Service-wide publicity it deserves,” the circular read.