Governor Obaseki Increases Minimum Wage to N40,000

Godwin Obaseki, Governor, Edo State

To mitigate the hardship on residents due to the hike in food prices, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, Sunday, increased the state’s minimum wage for workers from N30,000 to N40,000.
The governor made this known on Sunday during the Worker’s Day celebration at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The Governor said, “As a government we will continue to prioritise the welfare of workers in the state and sustain every effort to ensure a worker-friendly environment for the workers to be able to perform optimally. “For the Edo worker to be effective, we have decided to review upwardly the N30,000 minimum wage of workers so that they can meet their basic needs.”
He acknowledged that his administration is aware of the hardship being experienced by workers, adding that the current minimum wage of N30,000 could barely sustain the Nigerian worker given the harsh economic realities in the country.
“Accordingly, the Government of Edo State has decided to review the minimum wage of Edo workers to N40, 000 a month,” he declared.
While conceding the cost implication of the upward wage review, Obaseki assured “we are prepared to make the sacrifices for Edo workers to have a better life”.
He, therefore, urged workers to engage in agriculture to mitigate the impact of the harsh economy.
The governor also gave insight into the ongoing revamp of the College of Agriculture in Iguoriakhi, the expansion work at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital as well as the gains of the health insurance scheme initiated by his government, which have begun to kick in; and reducing out-of-pocket spend on healthcare by the citizens.

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