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Obaseki implements N70,000 new minimum wage 


The Edo State Government has paid the N70,000 new minimum wage to workers in the state, in fulfilment of his promise to increase the minimum wage from May 2024.

Governor Godwin Obaseki had, during the commissioning of the Labour House in Benin City, announced the increase of the minimum wage from N40,000 to N70,000 to reflect the current economic realities of the country.

In a statement, Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, said that the payment of the N70,000 minimum wage further demonstrates the commitment of the Obaseki-led administration to the welfare of Edo workers.

He said: “The Edo State Government has paid May salaries of workers in the state, reflecting the implementation of the N70,000 new minimum wage.

“This is in fulfilment of the promise made by the governor to increase the minimum wage from N40,000 to N70,000 beginning this May, as part of efforts to cushion the impacts of the harsh economy occasioned by fuels subsidy removal and other economic decisions by the Federal Government.

“It is also in furtherance of the commitment of the state government to meet its statutory obligation even before the end of the month.”

The commissioner urged workers to be committed to their duties, while contributing effectively to ensuring that the governor finishes strong, as a way of reciprocating the gesture by the state government to their welfare.