Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo on Sunday announced the increment of the National Minimum Wage from N18,000 to N25, 000 with immediate effect, for employees in the State Public Service.
He also promised prompt payment of outstanding arrears of salary to the staff of Local Government Councils in the state.
Oshiomhole who made the announcement on Sunday at the grand finale of activities to mark the 2016 Workers Day, said that plans had also been concluded to pay staff of Egor Local Government Council who were being owned 13 months arrears of salary, within the next two weeks.
Explaining why the council was omitted from the bailout to local government councils in 2015, he gave the assurance that the Edo Government had been meeting with the Central Bank of Nigeria and that within the next two weeks, the funds would be released and staff of the council would be paid in full.
He also explained the reason behind the non -appointment of Caretaker Committees for the 18 local government councils in the state, after the end of the tenure of the immediate-past local government chairmen.
According to him, “rather than appoint caretaker committees for the councils and pay them because they are politicians, we directed the Heads of Personnel Management in the councils to hold forth, so that those monies would be used to run the councils and pay salaries,’’ he said.
The governor said even if the price of oil goes to zero per cent, Edo workers would get their salary alerts before the end of every month.
He assured that he would not use his office to put hardship on any of his workers.
Earlier, the State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Orhue Marshall, appealed to government to enlist workers in the state in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
According to him, this would enable them to have access to quick and cheap medical facilities, like their colleagues in the Federal Public Service.
Hope this is not to hoodwink the workers for the forthcoming Sept. governorship elections? Is this coming from the bailout fund?
he wanna create problem 4 the next governor
let him show us the jobs he created in Edo state for the last 8years
wickedness is wen oil was selling at a high price and u didnt increase minimum wage and choose to increase wen oil is selling @ low price, all in the name of election coming up soon lol Edo people wick up
Why now at the end of your eighth year? More problems for next Governor
Utter rubbish. This is wickedness against d incoming government. A man who has not been able to pay workers’ salaries for months now increases same few months to his exit.
Why now labour is agitating for salary increment when oil was selling at a higher price no demand for increment. If he did not respond positively u will still be the same person castigating him and now that he did you are blaming him
Na wa oo if he no do dem go say he no do so salary increment for common man na problem na..hmm well if rain fall people go say haba he no let dem work,wen sun shine unko dem go say everywhere hot na wa oopoooooooooooooooo