Subsidy removal: Edo govt increases minimum wage to N40,000
Edo State’s governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reduced the number of workdays for civil and public servants from five to three per week.
This comes days after Kwara State took the identical action.
This is part of the effort to alleviate the suffering caused by the subsidy removal policy of the federal government.
“As a proactive government, we have raised the minimum wage paid to workers in Edo State from the approved N30,000 to N40,000, the highest in the country,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday.
“We want to assure you that we will continue to pay this amount, and we hope to increase it further if our state receives a larger allocation from the federal government as a result of the anticipated savings from the elimination of the fuel subsidy.
“We are aware of the hardships caused by this policy, which has dramatically increased the cost of transport, thereby eroding the wages of state workers.” Therefore, until further notice, the Edo State Government is reducing the number of work days that civil and public servants must commute to their workplaces from five to three per week. Two days per week, employees will work from home.
Similarly, teachers and parents will spend less time commuting to school as the government expands the EdoBEST@Home initiative to create more virtual classrooms, reducing the cost of commuting for parents, teachers, and students. In the coming days, the Edo SUBEB will provide additional information on this initiative.”
He added, “To reduce the rising cost of energy for our citizens, we will continue to work with the state’s electricity companies to improve power supply to homes and businesses.
“Similarly, fibre optic connections are being made available to enable our employees to work remotely, reducing their transportation costs.
“While the government intensifies these efforts to alleviate the burden of the fuel price increase on the people during this extremely difficult time, we ask that everyone remain calm and go about their lawful daily activities.”