Uzodimma Increases Minimum Wage In Imo

The Governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodimma has declared a rise in minimum wage from N30,000 to N40,000 for workers in the state to ease the effect of fuel subsidy removal.

Uzodinma, who announced N5 billion revolving loan for farmers, also announced free transportation and medical care.

He made the announcement during a special meeting with critical Imo stakeholders, on Saturday in Owerri.

He said the free transportation, feeding, and medical care were for civil servants.

Uzodimma said that the government had also a initiated scholarship scheme for Imo students, while retirees will be paid promptly.

“It is clear to me that our people are suffering, particularly the low-income earners and those in paid employment.

“I have therefore convened this special meeting with the leadership of Organised Labour, Traders, Farmers, and Artisans, to announce the comprehensive palliative measures we are putting in place, which I am sure will ease these sufferings.

“Let me say, however, that although the impact of the fuel subsidy removal policy appears harsh in the short-run, it will, in the long run, bring positive results.

“There shall be an immediate upward review of the salaries and wages of workers in the state.

“The minimum wage is hereby raised to N40,000 with discretionary consequential adjustments.

“At least your salaries would be able not only to take you home but to also provide your basic necessities to enable you to make ends meet,” he said.

“Farmers will also be encouraged to form cooperatives to facilitate organized farming.”

“There will be recruitment exercises for new teachers from primary to secondary and tertiary levels to boost employment and income generation, particularly among our graduates.

“The government has approved bursaries for students in tertiary institutions,” he added.

“So far, 5,000 of them have been successfully trained and equipped with relevant kits and tools.

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“Another batch of 15,000 are currently in training and they will graduate in a few weeks,” he added.

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