OBASEKI BEGINS PAYMENT OF N40 THOUSAND NAIRA MINIMUM WAGE TO WORKERS
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In fulfilment of the new minimum wage regime announced on Workers’ Day, Governor Godwin Obaseki has paid Edo State workers their May salaries and pension, reflecting the new wage increase.
The Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, disclosed this via a statement issued on Thursday, 26 May.
“The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has approved the payment of retirees’ pension and workers’ salaries for the month of May, reflecting the new N40,000 minimum wage,” the statement read in part.
“This is in fulfilment of the statutory obligations to workers and also a reflection of the governor’s expert and judicious management of the state’s resources.”
Obaseki had on May 1 announced the increment of the minimum wage in the state from N30,000 to N40,000. He noted that the increase was necessary to help workers overcome the country’s overbearing economic challenges, which have caused galloping inflation among other socio-economic dislocations.
He had stated that the minimum of N30,000 could barely sustain a family and that it will be immoral and mindless for the government to continue to pretend that they do not know that their workers are suffering.
While reassuring his government’s relentless support to senior citizens in the state, Obaseki had lamented the hardship experienced by pensioners and other senior citizens because of the rising cost of food and other items.
He 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.