Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki yesterday increased the minimum wage to N40,000.
Hundreds of suffering pensioners in the state, in black attire, with placards bearing various inscriptions, yesterday protested at the Workers’ Day rally at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, disclosing that since their retirement in 2012, they were yet to be paid their gratuities.
One of the protesting pensioners, Irene Aiguobarueghian, said life had become unbearable for the retirees, urging Obaseki to specially consider their plight
The governor said: “I am particularly interested in our senior citizens, because they are some of the most vulnerable in our society. We took interest in payment of outstanding pensions to our pensioners, in spite of the fact that these pensions were owed by the previous administration.