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Oshiomhole Edo Gov. says current hard times will soon pass over

Despite the cries of many state governors in the struggle to pay state workers' minimum wage as a result of the affected economy, Oshiomhole had increased the wages of Edo State workers by 38%.

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Edo State former governor, Adams Oshiomhole

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Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has said that the current hard economic situation in Nigeria will soon be over for the best.

Speaking at an occasion in Edo, Oshiomhole said that though the harsh situations in country is affecting everyone, he gave the assurance his government will consistently meet its obligation in the payment of workers’ salaries.

In his words, “At the National Economic Council, we were put on notice by the Minister of Finance that although last month was the worst for allocation in the past ten years, this month will even be worse than last month. So, it’s a challenging period."

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Continuing, he said, 'All of us in government have all bought into is that we must give priority to the payment of salaries and allowances because more than 90% or 95% of salaries earners don’t have private homes. They are tenants; so when you don’t pay their rent, they are embarrassed before their landlords.

'Typically, they cannot attract credit. Even if they were to attract credit, nobody will lend you to buy food because there is no collateral for that. And a husband loses respect before his wife because he cannot feed her. It is the same thing; a mother loses respect before the children if they are crying of hunger and you are telling stories, and there is no sign of fire in the kitchen.

'So for this and much more, and of course, the fact that I spent all my life fighting for workers, I understand the meaning of the pay day to the salary earner. So, for that reason, we have to pay salaries, and we just found out that for some time now, it is becoming very challenging to meet that obligation, but I am determined that we must continue to meet it,' he said.

Speaking on the implementation of the raised minimum wages in the state, Oshiomhole said, 'You must have heard that we have raised the minimum wage by 38% from N18,000.00 to N25,000.00 with some token adjustments across the board. This is just to show that I do appreciate the hard times that we are all in.

'Some can bear it much more than others. Unfortunately, poorer people tend to have more children, and so we have to show that we care. We won’t wait until they call a strike. 'So, we are determined to implement the new minimum wage in the state with effect from this month. Over the next few days, it will be due, and then I will be put on notice,' Oshiomhole stated.'

Despite the cries of many state governors in the struggle to pay state workers' minimum wage as a result of the affected economy, Oshiomhole had increased the wages of Edo State workers by 38%.

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