During a meeting with civil and public servants in Edo, Governor Godwin Obaseki announced they would receive a 13th-month salary.
The meeting was held at the Sir Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub in Benin City and attended by those between Grades 8 and 17.
He expressed his appreciation for the support of the workers towards his administration during the past six years. In addition, he emphasized the importance of collaboration between government and workers to achieve sustainable reforms that will lead to better economic prosperity and well-being of the people.
Obaseki conveyed his dedication to the people to spearhead the development of the Benin Port and other initiatives that aim to put the state on a sustainable trajectory of economic expansion and progress.
He said: “You have asked for a 13th-month salary to be paid to you in December. “We will do it but between now and December, how will you pay the state government back?
“I am here today to say thank you for your support.
“When I look back, I know I have people.
“You have supported me for the past six-and-a-half years.
“I thank you for coming out to vote during the last election to sustain our developmental strides in Edo. “Our focus should be on how to sustain our developmental strides.
According to the governor, his efforts since taking office have been aimed at ensuring that you, as the heart and engine of Edo, are placed where you truly belong.
“Our focus is on how to ensure the sustainability of the reforms we have embarked on and you need to play an active part in this journey.
“We want Edo to be a model for the nation and give the nation hope.
“I appreciate the efforts you have put in to ensure the state develops.
“You must participate in the reforms and must be trained and retrained.
“We should ensure that the next leader of the state will not take us back,” Obaseki said.
Giving an update on the development of the Benin River Port, he said: “The State and Federal Governments, Nigeria Port Authority and Ministry of Transportation are considering all the applications.
“And very soon, we will zero in on one partner, and start the development of the port.
“It is my hope that within the next nine to twelve months, work will have started in terms of building the port on the Benin River and that will be a game changer.
“We already have partners who are setting up an LNG plant near the River Port in anticipation of the port.”
The gratitude expressed by Edionwe Joel, the Permanent Secretary of the Edo State Ministry of Environment and Sustainability, towards the governor for his developmental efforts and dedication towards the welfare of workers is admirable. Joel also assured the governor of the unwavering support of the workers, which is a testament to the governor’s leadership and efforts toward progress.