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Governor Obaseki Increases Minimum Wage to N70,000 in Edo State



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Governor Obaseki Increases Minimum Wage to N70,000 in Edo State.

In a move aimed at improving the welfare of workers in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki has announced a significant increase in the minimum wage. Speaking at the inauguration of the state’s new ultra-modern Labour House secretariat complex in Benin City, Governor Obaseki disclosed that the minimum wage for workers in the state has been raised from N40,000 to N70,000.


The announcement, made on Monday during the commissioning of the Labour House, is set to take effect from May 1st, 2024. This decision comes amidst ongoing debates and negotiations between the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Federal Government regarding a nationwide increase in the minimum wage to address the rising inflation rates across the country.

With inflation rates reaching 33.2 percent in March 2024, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), concerns over the purchasing power of workers have escalated. Food inflation, in particular, rose to 31.7 percent during the same period, further exacerbating economic challenges for the populace.



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The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had previously proposed a minimum wage of N615,000 for workers nationwide, highlighting the urgency of addressing the economic hardships faced by workers. President Bola Tinubu, through Vice President Kashim Shettima, had initiated efforts to address the issue by setting up a 37-member panel tasked with recommending a new national minimum wage.

During the inaugural meeting of the panel, Vice President Shettima emphasized the need for a speedy resolution, as the current minimum wage of N30,000 was set to expire at the end of March 2024. The deliberations of the panel, which include representatives from federal and state governments, the private sector, and organized labor, are crucial in determining the future wage structure in Nigeria.

Governor Obaseki’s decision to increase the minimum wage in Edo State reflects a commitment to improving the living standards of workers and addressing the economic challenges facing the state’s populace. However, the broader implications of this move within the context of national wage negotiations remain to be seen.