Edo Raises Minimum Wage to N70k

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki

In a decisive move aimed at bolstering the financial security of civil servants, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has announced a substantial increase in the minimum wage.

During the auspicious inauguration of the Labour House, Governor Obaseki revealed that the new minimum wage will stand at N70,000, taking effect from May 1, 2024.

This announcement comes at a critical juncture, as workers across the nation grapple with economic reforms and the resultant inflationary pressures. The decision underscores Governor Obaseki’s unwavering commitment to addressing the welfare concerns of workers within the state.

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Against the backdrop of persistent advocacy by labor unions, such as the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, for a more equitable wage structure, this move is poised to set a precedent for other states to emulate. The previous national minimum wage of N30,000, instituted in 2019, has been widely criticized as inadequate given the prevailing economic challenges.

Governor Obaseki’s proactive stance in addressing the needs of workers is commendable and signals a progressive approach to governance. As details of the wage increase unfold, it is anticipated to have a tangible impact on the lives of civil servants in Edo State, ushering in a new era of improved financial well-being and socio-economic stability.