The rising cost of living occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy has almost brought the country to its knees and now some state governors have decided to step in and help.

They have keyed into the initiative to increase the salary of workers in their respective states.

May 1: See State Governors That Increased Workers Salary


However, this is pending the outcome of negotiations between the government and organized labour on the new minimum wage.

The Governors cited the hardship as one of the factors responsible for the increase in the salary of workers.

This move did not go unnoticed, in fact, the Governors have been commended in certain quarters.

Political Move

Meanwhile, there are some who view it as a political move by some of those concerned.

Well, whatever maybe the reason, civil servants in these states are excited.

If your state government is yet to key into this initiative, don’t panic.

You see, the Federal Government has approved an increase of between 25% and 35% in salary increase for Civil Servants across the Consolidated Salary Structures.


A statement was released on Tuesday by the Head of Press of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Emmanuel Njoku.

So you see, if the state government’s increase does not get to you, the federal government will surely get to you.

Now, let’s look at the list of Governors who have announced an increase in the salaries of civil servants in their states.

Godwin Obaseki

May 29 was a good day for workers in Edo State as Governor Godwin Obaseki, announced an increase in the minimum wage for workers in the State.

The increase was from ₦40,000 to ₦70,000.

The governor stated that the increased minimum wage would take effect from May 1, 2024.

The governor made the announcement at the commissioning of the newly built ultra-modern Labour House secretariat complex for labour unions in the State, along Temboga Road, Ikpoba-Hill, Benin City.

Bassey Otu

Cross River Governor, Bassey Otu gave workers in his state a Workers’ Day celebration gift.

He approved a new minimum wage of ₦40,000 for civil servants.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governor said the increment is not based on sentiments but on current economic realities.

He promised that his administration would continue to prioritise the payment of workers’ salaries, wages, and pension entitlements.

Francis Nwifuru

Nothing is too small, like a popular slang would have it, ‘at all at all naim bad pass’, that is why Governor Francis Nwifuru, has refused to be left out in this battle against hardship.

During the workers’ day celebration, he announced an additional ₦10,000 for workers employed by the state government as part of their monthly salaries.

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The governor announced the development during the 2024 Workers Day celebration held at Pa Oruta Ngele Stadium in Abakaliki, the state capital.

This development came eight months after Governor Nwifuru added ₦10,000 to the salaries of the Ebonyi state workers in July 2023.


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