With effect from March 1, 2013, public servants in Lagos State will now be required to work on Saturdays in order to render essential services to members of the public. The exercise will however start with officials in the Ministry of Transportation, Urban and Physical Planning and Land Bureau, whose services are required almost on a day to day basis.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola made the revelation yesterday at an occasion to mark his 2100 days in office. ”Consequently, in response to demand, we have resolved to commence Saturday service in some pilot ministries, departments and agencies with effect from the first Saturday in March in 2013 excluding the last Saturday of every month reserved for sanitation day,” the governor said.The governor who spoke on a variety of issues said his government is both for the poor and for the rich and maintained that there has been a significant reduction in Okada-related accidents and deaths as a result of the impact of the traffic law.
”Our traffic law has also recorded increased acceptability and compliance, and it has most importantly delivered on its objective which is the safety of lives,” he said. Fashola explained the objective of the traffic law was to save lives and not to make money. ”Between November and December 2012, we recorded a 24.2 percent reduction in fines. This reinforces our position that this is about safety of human lives and not about money.