Edo State Governor Increases Minimum Wage to N70,000, Inaugurates Ultra-Modern Labour House

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has announced a significant increase in the minimum wage for workers in the state, raising it from N40,000 to N70,000. The governor made this announcement during the inauguration of the newly constructed ultra-modern Labour House secretariat complex for labour unions in Benin City.

The Labour House, located in Temboga, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City, is named after former Governor of the State and former NLC President, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. Governor Obaseki emphasized the importance of the cordial relationship between the state government and labour unions, which has fostered peace and industrial harmony in Edo State.

Addressing the challenges faced by workers, Governor Obaseki acknowledged the impact of economic factors such as devaluation, high food prices, and inflation on workers’ standard of living. He emphasized the need to adjust the minimum wage in response to prevailing economic conditions, expressing his belief in the importance of capitalism and the necessity for state-specific wage adjustments.

Commending the labour unions for their partnership in pursuing institutional reforms and improving workers’ welfare, Governor Obaseki highlighted the importance of alignment between government and labour towards a common goal. He reiterated his administration’s commitment to investing in the workforce through capacity building and emphasized the connection between training and high performance.

Dr. Anthony Okungbowa, the Edo State Head of Service, lauded the governor’s commitment to workers’ welfare, citing achievements such as digitalizing the civil service, prompt payment of salaries, life and health insurance for workers, and regular promotions.

Trade Union Congress President, Comrade Engr. Festus Osifo, praised the governor’s developmental achievements and digitalization of the labour workforce, acknowledging the positive impact on workers’ lives.

In his welcome address, NLC Edo State Chairman, Comrade Odion Olaye, expressed gratitude for the governor’s support and dedication towards Edo workers, describing the Labour House as a long-awaited milestone.


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