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Oshiomhole Announces N25,000 New Minimum Wage For Workers

Posted: May 1, 2016 at 9:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
 Francis Onoiribholo
Benin
It was jubilation galore by workers in Edo State in this year May Day celebration held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City on Sunday soon after Governor Adams Oshiomhole announced an increase in the minimum wage payment to workers from the existing N18, 000 to N25, 000 per worker in the state.
 Oshiomhole, whose pronouncement set the stadium agog said detail of the amount would be worked out by the state Head of Service in collaboration with the ministry of finance and to spread same from the least worker who earns N18, 000 minimum wage to the highest position of a director in the state civil service.
 In his may Day address to the workers who turned out in their large numbers, Oshiomhole said he was doing his best deliberately having been groomed from the labour movement and in keeping with his promise to ensure improved welfare of workers so that other governors in the country would not use the state to justify part of the present economic predicament and their own failure too.
 Oshiomhole’s minimum wage announcement suddenly turned the protest by the angry workers of Egor local government council who dressed in black attires and had stormed the venue to register their displeasure for non-payment of their arrears of salaries running into 14 months, into joy and praises for the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government.
According to the governor, “nobody can accuse me of interference in the local government funds except in the payment of teachers salary,” promising the protesting council workers under the umbrella of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) that he would “turn their black into white and if I don’t do it I will not leave Osadebay Avenue Government house but that is not to say that I will elongate my tenure.”
“I have a duty to service the workers, not because of the workers endorsement of my second term in office in 2012 but because they (workers) are my creation.
The governor further stated that “whatever happens to our economy every Edo worker will get his salary as and when due. From today the least worker in Edo will have salary increased from N18, 000 minimum wage to N25, 000. This wage will be spread to the same level so that even a director will get his due.”
Besides, Oshiomhole vowed not to forgive workers who duplicate vouchers for pensioners as such act encourages fraud and corruption in the system as well as contributed to delay in the payment of monthly pensions to retirees in the state.
He commended the workers for resolving their various differences and for their support since assumption of office and pledged his resolve not to neglect their welfare even as he assured them that the next governor of the state after him would ensure improved welfare for them.
He said that labour cannot afford to compromise its united front and contribution to nation’s growth and development in spite of the challenges.
Earlier in their addresses, the leadership of the labour unions under the Nigeria Labour Congress led by the state chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun and the Trade Union Congress led by Comrade Marshal Ohue thanked the governor for taking the welfare of workers very seriously in the state and pledged their unalloyed support for the administration.
They however called for concerted and urgent attention towards addrssesing the plight of workers in some local government areas, particularly, Egor council whose months of salaries were left unpaid by immediate past chairmen of the councils.
The labour unions also appealed for government proactive measure to address the cries of some institutions such as the Tayo Akpata University, judicial workers and Edo line respectively.