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Pay disparity worries Oshiomhole

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has stressed the need for improved welfare for Nigerian workers, just as he frowned on the disparity between the wages of federal civil servants and their counterparts in the states.

The governor spoke on the occasion of Workers’ Day celebration, weekend, in Benin City. According to him, in the face of harsh working environment, workers are responsible for creating the wealth of the nation.  He asserted that nothing could justify the difference in the salaries of federal and state workers.

Oshiomhole, who addressed the workers at the event, disclosed that the state government had implemented the reviewed wages of judicial workers, doctors, teachers and the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

He observed that the salary structure of civil servants in the states was yet to be reviewed and expressed his conviction that they deserved a pay review as all workers go to the same market. “Something has to be done and while discussions are going on, Edo State government will take a look at the issue because no one can justify an increase in some sectors and none for others.”

Lamenting that despite the huge deposit of natural resources in the country, Nigerians were getting poorer everyday, the governor noted that 2010 statistics showed that seven out of ten Nigerians were poor.

He ,therefore, stressed that Nigerians would only see changes if they were determined to change the situation by ensuring that votes count, adding that  “we must rededicate ourselves to organize to change the system, because we cannot achieve justice without changing the system.”


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