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Edo govt increases minimum wage to N40,000, slashes work days to 3 times a week


Edo govt increases minimum wage to N40,000, slashes work days to 3 times a week 

The Edo State Government has announced that it has increased the minimum wage for tis workers from N30,000 to N40,000 monthly to cushion the economic burden caused by the removal of fuel subsidy.

Also, the state government announced that it has reduced the number of work days from five to three times in a week for civil servants in the state.

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This was disclosed in a statement issued on Wednesday, June 7.

The Governor of the state has assured workers that the state will support them in any means to reduce the economic hardship caused by the removal of subsidy.

“In the wake of fuel subsidy removal by the federal government, fuel prices have increased astronomically leading to a rise in prices of goods and services and overall cost of living,” it stated.

“As a proactive government, we have since taken the step to increase the minimum wage paid to workers in Edo state from the approved N30,000 to N40,000, the highest in the country today.

“We want to assure you that we will continue to pay this amount, while we hope to increase it even further if more allocation accrues to our state from the federal government in view of the expected savings occasioned by the removal of the fuel subsidy.

“We know the hardship that has been caused by this policy which has radically increased the cost of transportation, eating deep into the wages of workers in the state.

“Therefore, the Edo state government is hereby reducing the number of work days that civil and public servants will have to commute to their workplaces from five days a week to three days a week till further notice. Workers will now work from home two days every week,” the statement read.

Obaseki added that the state is also working on creating more virtual classes, thereby reducing the cost of commuting by parents, teachers and pupils to school.

“The Edo SUBEB will provide details on this initiative in the coming days. To lower the rising cost of energy on our people, we will continue to work with the electricity companies in the state to improve power supply to homes and businesses.

“Similarly, fibre optic connections are being made available to help our people work remotely, thereby reducing their cost of transportation.”

Neptune Prime had earlier reported that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced the discontinuation of fuel subsidy after the immediate past administration only made provisions for subsidy till the end of June.

The announcement led to abrupt increase of fuel prices by major oil marketers including the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.

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