Edo State government on Friday began the payment of the much anticipated N30,000 minimum wage to its workers.
ROYAL NEWS reports that workers were in happy mood, just as there was wild jubilation when they received their salaries alert.
It would be recalled that Governor Godwin Obaseki had during his New Year message, assured civil servants that the state government will commence payment of the new minimum wage in January.
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, Mr. Anderson Asenoguan, said he got a credit alert in the afternoon on Friday and observed the increment in his salary, which confirmed the payment of the new minimum wage to workers in the state.
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.”
A driver attached to the Government House, Benin City, Mr. Aiyowiere Obey, said the new wage is most commendable, noting that the governor has always been a man of his words.
“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, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led government has kept to its promise to pay the new minimum wage.
He said the increment was reflected in the amount credited to workers’ accounts on Friday, January 24, 2020, after due approval from the governor.
The governor’s aide noted that the state is comfortably paying the wage as a result of the expert management of the state’s finances by the governor and his team.
“I made this statement so that the glory of God will become larger. It happened here in Ebonyi; I have a testimony of what God can do.
“Even in our National Executive Council meetings, when Obaseki speaks, you see (that he understands) Economics. You see a man that came from a private sector background. We can’t wish that away. So, congratulations to you in advance and to all of us.”
He continued, “You know as governors, we have so many elections. First is the primaries, second one is the poll, then the third one is the tribunal.
The other one is the appeal and then the election of the elections, is the Supreme Court.
“So, it is not an easy thing and if the hand of God is not upon you,
you can’t scale through all these hurdles. It is God who has brought all of us to leadership and I say double congratulations to all of us.”
Earlier, Mrs Obaseki who is the Chairman of the Forum, said members of the Southern Governors’ Wives Forum commended the governor for his hard work, which has led to the transformation of the state with many quality projects.
Mrs Obaseki solicited for the support of the Southern Governors for their pet projects, which she noted is for the betterment of the society.
Members of the forum include Edo, Ebonyi, Abịa, Enugu, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Ekiti, Ọyo, Osun.
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