BREAKING: Governor Obaseki increases minimum wage to N40,000
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BREAKING: Governor Obaseki increases minimum wage to N40,000

BREAKING: Governor Obaseki increases minimum wage to N40,000 can report that His Excellency Governor Godwin Obaseki has today increased workers minimum wage to N40,000 in Edo State.

The Governor made this known in a statement to mark this years Worker's day.

Recall that Governor Godwin Obaseki was the first Governor in Nigeria to begin the payment of N30,000 minimum wage.

This is coming at a time, when many governors are still unable to pay the N30,000 national minimum wage to workers. Governor Godwin Obaseki has shown how remarkable and conducive for workers his administration is.

With this increase, many Nigerians are already of the opinion that his services and brilliance is just what Nigerians need at the national level to move the country from being the poverty capital of the world.

Apart from this increase, Governor Godwin Obaseki's administration is known for prompt payment of workers' salaries in the state. A feat, that many governors are unable to catch up with till this day.

Obaseki at the event to mark Worker's Day, noted, “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 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.”

He continued: “Even though we would have loved to pay more, we hope that this little adjustment would enable us to cushion the impact of the inflation that we are faced with. 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.”

Reassuring his government’s relentless support to senior citizens in the state, Obaseki lamented the hardship experienced by pensioners and other senior citizens as a result of rising cost of food and other items.

He stated, “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, the agreement we 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 previous governments. 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,” the governor added.

Obaseki however urged workers in the state to take advantage of opportunities offered by his administration in the agricultural sector to increase food production in the country.

Earlier in his address, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Odion Olaye, charged the federal government to step up efforts to tackle the high rate of insecurity, unemployment and hunger in the country.

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