Godwin Obaseki increases minimum wage to N70,000

Godwin Obaseki increases minimum wage to N70,000

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has authorized a new minimum wage of N70,000 for civil servants in the state. According to the governor, the a

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has authorized a new minimum wage of N70,000 for civil servants in the state.

According to the governor, the anticipated minimum wage will come into effect on May 1, 2024.

At the May 2023 Workers Day Celebration in Edo State, Obaseki said the Federal Government may not be able to pay workers’ salaries beyond a month without massively printing money or removing petrol subsidy.

He said Nigerians, and workers, in particular, would face hardship if the government decides on any of the options.

“It would be a miracle for the Federal Government and state governments to pay salaries beyond June this year without resorting to massively printing money or removing fuel subsidy. Either of these decisions will bring more hardship and pain to Nigerians, particularly workers,” he said.

“We must all make sure that the burden and pain of these measures, which must be taken, are not carried by workers alone.

“Workers must now rise and ensure that they champion any discussion on subsidy removal. You must shift from the tradition of reacting when these policies have been made but insist that you take charge and ensure full transparency and disclosure.

“If we are all undertaking a reform, then the benefits and pains that will come out of the reforms must be mutually shared by all Nigerians, not just the downtrodden.”

According to Obaseki, when the Edo state government announced the increment of the minimum wage to N40,000 in 2022, he expected the Federal Government and other state governments to follow suit immediately.