- Governor Godwin Obaseki has begun payment of N30,000 new minimum wage
- Obaseki had promised during his New Year that the payment would start in January
- The civil servants have expressed delight over the new wage
Workers in Edo state have been paid the new minimum wage, as civil servants and other members of the state’s workforce were in a frenzy mood when they received their pay on Friday, January 24.
The Nation reports that Governor Godwin Obaseki had in his New Year message, assured civil servants that the state government would commence payment of the new minimum wage in January.
Legit.ng gathered that a cross-section of the workers who spoke with journalists in Benin city, the Edo state capital, said they were impressed with the governor’s unflinching commitment to workers’ welfare.
A staff with the ministry of agriculture and natural resources, Anderson Asenoguan, said he got a credit alert in the afternoon on Friday, January 24, and observed the increment in his salary.
According to him, “We, indeed, have a man of integrity as a governor in Edo state. The governor promised he was going to pay the new minimum wage in January and today, he is one of the few governors in Nigeria to have started payment.
“It has been jubilation galore in my office since we got the credit alert and saw the increment. This is truly the dawn of a new era for workers in Edo state.”
The report said that a driver attached to the Government House, Benin City, Aiyowiere Obey, noted the new wage is most commendable, noting that the governor has always been a man of his words.
He said: “I appreciate the governor for being prompt in the payment of the new minimum wage. Workers in Edo state are full of praises for him as this is the first time, we are benefiting from such an increment without having a clash with government.”
Earlier, in a statement, the special adviser to the governor on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the Governor Obaseki-led government has kept to its promise to pay the new minimum wage.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Obaseki finally joined the league of the state governors paying N30,000 new minimum wage for their workers.
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