Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has declared a new 25,000 Naira minimum wage in commemoration of the 2016 Workers’ Day.
The new minimum wage will take effect from Sunday, May 1, 2016, the date for Workers’ Day celebration
Interestingly, this is coming at a crunchy time many states in the country are unable to pay workers salaries.
Oshiomhole addressed workers during a rally organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).
The rally was to mark this year’s Workers’ Day anniversary at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
There, Oshiomhole announced an increment from the present N18, 000 minimum wage to N25, 000.
The announcement comes at just eight months to the expiration of Oshiomhole’s tenure.
The Governor also promised prompt payment of salary arrears of staff of local government councils in the state.
He added that plans have been concluded to pay staff of Egor local government council who are presently being owned 13 months salaries within the next two weeks.
“With effect from today, the new minimum wage for government workers shall now be N25,000, and the new minimum wage will cut across board,” he said.
The workers, before the announcement, expressed apathy, dissatisfaction over poor welfare package.
They also lamented seeming government’s insensitivity to the welfare of its workers.
Hence, it was a moment of jubilation and happily matched in appreciation of the new minimum wage as announced by the Governor.
The governor then explained why the councils were omitted from the bailout to local government councils in 2015.
He gave assurance that the Edo Government had been meeting with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
He said that within the next two weeks, the funds would be released and staff of the council paid in full.
He also explained the reason behind the non-appointment of Care Taker Committee for the councils on after the end of the tenure of the immediate past local government chairmen.
According to him, he will prefer not to “appoint caretaker committee for the council’s and pay them because they are politicians.
Therefore, he “directed the Head of Personnel of the councils to hold forth so that those monies would use to run the council’s and pay salaries.”
He said Edo workers would still get their salaries before the end of each month even when the price of oil goes to zero percent.
He added that that he would not use his office to put hardship on any of his worker.
The Workers’ Day rally was however marred by apathy and low turnout of workers.
Also present during the rally are, the Chairman of NLC, Comrade Emma Ademokun and his TUC counterpart, Comrade Ohue Marshal.
Both of them expressed serious concern over the following:
– persistent scarcity of petroleum product,
– epileptic power supply
– illegal electricity tariff increase,
– spiral increase in cost of living,
– rampaging herdsmen,
– Boko haram,
– irregular payment of salaries resulting in accumulation of arrears, and,
– growing rate of unemployment with the attendant social vices.
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