- Governor Godwin Obaseki has ordered the immediate payment of February 2019 salaries of all Edo workers
- Cruse Osagie, Obaseki's media aide, said that the payment was to help workers with logistics during the Saturday, February 23, elections
- Osagie further said that the workers will get their salaries before the end of Thursday, February 21
Ahead of the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections, Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo, on Thursday, February 21, ordered the immediate payment of February salary to workers in the state, The Nation reports.
Crusoe Osagie, the special adviser to Obaseki on media and communication strategy, revealed this in Benin city, the state capital.
Osagie disclosed that the state government's resolve to pay salary at such a time was informed by the need to support those who would be travelling to their various areas for the elections.
He said: “This is why he has decided to pay them earlier than the 26th day of the month, which is the payday for government workers in the state.
"Among other things, this gesture will enable them to travel to their various local government areas and fully participate in the February 23 general elections.
“Edo workers will get their February salaries before the close of business today, Thursday, February 21, 2019.
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"There is no denying that Governor Obaseki is committed to the welfare of workers in the state, and this amplifies this stance.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo had called on the state government to address insecurity in the state.
Chief Dan Orbih, the state chairman of the party, made the call on Thursday, February 21, in Benin at a media interactive session.
Orbih said that insecurity, occasioned by rampant clashes by suspected cultists in the state which led to several killings needed urgent attention.
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