To mark the May Day celebration, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, on Sunday announced the increment of the National Minimum Wage from N18,000 to N25,000 with immediate effect, for workers in the State Public Service. Oshiomhole, who was at the grand finale of activities to mark the 2016 Workers Day, also promised prompt payment of outstanding arrears of salary to the staff of Local Government Councils in the state.
In explaining why the council was omitted from the bailout to local government councils in 2015, the governor said plans had also been concluded to pay staff of Egor Local Government Council who were being owned 13 months arrears of salary, within the next two weeks.
The governor also assured workers that even if the price of oil goes to zero per cent, they would get their salary alerts before the end of every month.
He further gave the reason behind the non appointment of Caretaker Committees for the 18 local government councils in the state, after the end of the tenure of the immediate-past local government chairmen.
“Rather than appoint caretaker committees for the councils and pay them because they are politicians, we directed the Heads of Personnel Management in the councils to hold forth, so that those monies would be used to run the councils and pay salaries.”
Excitement and jubilation filled the air in Calabar, the Cross River state capital on Sunday, as the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade announced the payment of salaries for the month of May on the first day of the month and the joy of workers who gathered at the U.J. Esuene Stadium for the May Day celebration knew no bonds as each began to receive salary payment alert from their various banks.
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Before now, the governor who has been named ‘Best Labour Friendly Governor’ in Nigeria pays salaries between 13th and 20th day of each month. The governor who spoke during the May Day Celebration, said his administration had a duty to give workers in the state a sense of dignity.