Obaseki’s new minimum wage Greek gift: Okpebholo, the APC candidate for governor

May 6, 2024 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

Senator Monday Okpebholo, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, has called for transparency regarding the N5 billion allocated by the Federal Government as palliative for civil servants.

In a statement released on Friday in Abuja, Okpebholo criticized Governor Godwin Obaseki’s recent announcement of a new minimum wage for civil servants, labeling it a diversionary tactic. He emphasized the importance of addressing substantive issues rather than creating distractions.

Highlighting the allocation of N5 billion to each state, including Edo, for procuring food items and providing financial relief to civil servants for six months, Okpebholo questioned the governor’s handling of the funds. He alleged that Obaseki earmarked a portion of the funds for the upcoming governorship election, raising concerns about accountability.

According to Okpebholo, Edo civil servants are owed six months’ salary arrears, unlike their counterparts in other states who received additional financial assistance. He urged Obaseki to clarify how the allocated funds were utilized and why Edo citizens have yet to benefit from any palliative measures.

Accusing the governor of hoarding funds to influence the election, Okpebholo emphasized the need for fair treatment of civil servants rather than using financial incentives as a means of coercion. He asserted that Edo citizens are aware of Obaseki’s alleged failures and urged them to demand accountability from the state government.

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