Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has on Sunday given the go-ahead for an increment in minumum wage.

While giving a speech to commemorate the 2022 Workers Day, Mr Obaseki announced the approval of a 40,000 Naira minimum wage structure; reiterating his cabinet’s desire to prioritize the welfare of Edo State workers.

The governor further highlighted the unfeasibility of 30,000 Naira minimum wage in sustaining an average family.

“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.

“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.”

Another salient point raised by Governor Obaseki was the hardship pensioners and other netizens have had to face.

“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,” Obaseki said.

Before rounding up his public address, the Edo State Governor implored workers in the State to leverage on opportunities in the agricultural sector, in order to increase food production on a national level.

This development is welcomed with excitement by Edo workers and has made the Edo State Government the highest payer of minimum wage so far in all the 36 States of the Federation.

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