Socialist Party of Nigeria urges Lagos Chapter to prioritise workers’ welfare

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The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Lagos State Chapter, has urged the state government to prioritise the welfare of its workers and general populace, following its achievement of a robust Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

The party made the call in a statement signed by its state Chairman, Mr Rufus Olusesan, and Secretary, Mr Moshood Adebola, on Tuesday.

It said it was concerned about the equitable distribution and utilisation of the generated funds to benefit the ordinary people of Lagos, noting that the people had been grappling with severe economic hardship.

Recently, the state government said it had generated approximately N400 billion as IGR in the first half of the year.

The State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Ope George, who disclosed it during the 2024 Budget Consultative Forum in Ikeja, said the state hoped to reach its target before the end of the year.

The SPN said: “It is imperative that the IGR be channeled toward improving the lives of the people and addressing pressing concerns such as the deplorable state of roads across Lagos State.

“Furthermore, we express our dismay at the grossly inadequate provision of palliatives in Lagos State despite the growing poverty occasioned by the subsidy removal and devaluation of Naira.”

The party said that democratic management, control of public finances and funding, involving the democratic participation of workers and the public would checkmate mismanagement and looting of public funds.

According to the party, this is in order to guarantee the provision of more basic amenities as well as improvement in working and living standard of Lagosians.

“It could also ensure that public funds are transparently invested in job creation and employment opportunities for youths, “ it said. 

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