Godwin Obaseki, the Governor of Edo State, has increased the minimum wages of the state workers from the N30,000 approved by the federal government to N40,000.
The governor made the announcement, on Sunday, during the 2022 Workers’ Day celebration in the state.
Daily Post reported that before Obaseki disclosed the increment, 2012 pensioners had protested the non-payment of their gratuities.
Obaseki, in his speech, noted that the reason why he’s increasing the Workers’ salaries is to curb the rate at which they are suffering due to miniature income. He added that it will be immoral and mindless of the government to keep pretending as if it is not known to them that the workers are suffering.
In his words:
“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 have 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.”
The governor assured that his government was prepared to make the sacrifices, in order to allow the state workers to live a better life and said the little adjustment would cushion the impact of the inflation.
Obaseki addressed the issue of the pensioners, saying his administration took interest in payments of outstanding pensions to them even though the pensions were held by the previous administration. He added:
“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.”
He said to avoid such cases of pensioners being owed, his administration has keyed into the contributory pension scheme just as he said his administration has paid all pension arrears and would commence the next stage soon.
Meanwhile, some pensioners who retired in 2012 staged a protest over the non-payment of their gratuities during the celebration.
The pensioners clad in black attires carried placards, appealing to Obaseki to rescue them by paying them their gratuities.
One of the pensioners, who spoke to journalists, Irene Aiguobarueghian, said since their retirement, they have only been getting their monthly payment but have yet to get their gratuity.
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