Breaking: Obaseki raises minimum wage from N30k to N70k

Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor, has announced an improved minimum wage of N70,000 for civil servants.

Obaseki made this known on Monday, April 29, while inaugurating the Labour House.

The governor named the Labour House after former governor Adams Oshiomhole, a Senator representing Edo North.

“The new minimum wage regime in Edo will take effect from May 1, 2024,” the governor said.

Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have been pushing for a new minimum wage for workers across states. This is coming in the wake of the hardship brought about by the reforms of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

The removal of subsidy on petrol and unification of the forex windows in 2023, immediately led to food inflation and a spike in the prices of other goods and services.

Meanwhile, the national minimum wage has been N30,000 since April 18, 2019, a sum which has been described as “grossly inadequate” and “poverty wage” in the face of prevailing economic hardship.

More details coming on the minimum wage announced by Obaseki.

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