Obaseki (file photo)
‘The N40, 000 minimum wage we introduced was because of the pain our people are facing’
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the increment of the state’s minimum wage from N30,000 to N40,000 as well as payment of the harmonized pension to retirees was to provide succour to workers and pensioners who are overburdened with the weight of the harsh economic realities in the country.
Obaseki, who stated this while addressing journalists in Benin City, said the state government remained committed to the welfare of workers and would sustain policies and programmes to ensure that the workers were adequately empowered to deliver quality service to Edo people.
Governor Obaseki had on 2022 Workers Day announced the payment of harmonized pension to retirees in the state after 21 years, as well as the increment of the minimum wage in the state from N30,000 to N40,000.
The governor said, “I want to assure workers in the state that, as a government, we feel their pains. We know that things are tough and wish we had more resources as a state government for our people.
“The N40, 000 minimum wage we introduced was because of the pain our people are facing.
“This was not when dollar was N700; it was when the dollar was still N400. So, you can imagine how the hardship of workers has progressed or is progressing.”