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2022

Edo breaks record as Obaseki increases minimum wage to N40,000 for workers

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Sunday announced an increase to the minimum wage earned by public workers in the state, from N30,000 to N40,000.

He made the announcement while delivering his speech at the 2022 Workers’ Day celebration.

The minimum wage currently earned by civil servants as pegged by the federal government is N30,000.

The Governor, who said he would have loved to pay more, expressed hope that the little upward review would cushion the impact of the inflation in the country.

According to him, “As we all know, the minimum of N30,000 can barely sustain a family, it will be immoral and mindless of us to continue to pretend that we do not know that our workers are suffering.

“The government of Edo State has now decided to review the minimum for Edo workers from N30,000 to N40,000 a month.

“Undoubtedly, Edo is the first state since the current outbreak of coronavirus to take this initiative.

“Even though we would have loved to pay more, we hope that this little adjustment would enable workers to cushion the impact of the inflation that we have faced. There is no doubt that the financial implications will be heavy and put another burden on the government.

“But as a government, we are prepared to make the sacrifices, so that the workers can live a better life. Your welfare is our number one priority,” he said.

Obaseki, who lamented the hardship the state pensioners were going through as a result of the high cost of food and other items in the country, said that his administration had tried to provide support for the state’s senior citizens.

“I am particularly interested in our senior citizens because they are one of the most vulnerable in our society, we took interest in payments of outstanding pensions to our pensioners in spite of the fact that these pensions were held by the previous administration.

“In view of the prevailing economic circumstances, I have now approved, effective this May that the agreement we have reached with the Union of Pensioners that the harmonized amount would be paid from May 2022.

“Government is aware of the difficulties faced by the pensioners due to the non-payment of pension and gratuities to pensioners by the previous government, this responsibility is huge and it will require a substantial part of our resources to settle them.

“However, we are not a government that is known for running away from challenges, we will look for a way to tackle these challenges,” he said.

In his address, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Odion Olaye, called on the federal government to put machinery in place to arrest the high rate of insecurity, instability in the economy, unemployment and hunger as it is capable of disintegrating the nation.

He made the announcement while delivering his speech at the 2022 Workers’ Day celebration.

The minimum wage currently earned by civil servants as pegged by the federal government is N30,000.

The Governor, who said he would have loved to pay more, expressed hope that the little upward review would cushion the impact of the inflation in the country.

According to him, “As we all know, the minimum of N30,000 can barely sustain a family, it will be immoral and mindless of us to continue to pretend that we do not know that our workers are suffering.

“The government of Edo State has now decided to review the minimum for Edo workers from N30,000 to N40,000 a month.

“Undoubtedly, Edo is the first state since the current outbreak of coronavirus to take this initiative.

“Even though we would have loved to pay more, we hope that this little adjustment would enable workers to cushion the impact of the inflation that we have faced. There is no doubt that the financial implications will be heavy and put another burden on the government.

“But as a government, we are prepared to make the sacrifices, so that the workers can live a better life. Your welfare is our number one priority,” he said.

Obaseki, who lamented the hardship the state pensioners were going through as a result of the high cost of food and other items in the country, said that his administration had tried to provide support for the state’s senior citizens.

“I am particularly interested in our senior citizens because they are one of the most vulnerable in our society, we took interest in payments of outstanding pensions to our pensioners in spite of the fact that these pensions were held by the previous administration.

“In view of the prevailing economic circumstances, I have now approved, effective this May that the agreement we have reached with the Union of Pensioners that the harmonized amount would be paid from May 2022.

“Government is aware of the difficulties faced by the pensioners due to the non-payment of pension and gratuities to pensioners by the previous government, this responsibility is huge and it will require a substantial part of our resources to settle them.

“However, we are not a government that is known for running away from challenges, we will look for a way to tackle these challenges,” he said.

In his address, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Odion Olaye, called on the federal government to put machinery in place to arrest the high rate of insecurity, instability in the economy, unemployment and hunger as it is capable of disintegrating the nation

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