Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has reduced civil and public officials’ work days from five to three times per week.
This is one of the steps being taken to alleviate the pain caused by the Federal Government’s subsidy reduction strategy.
Kwara State had already taken the same step, by reducing the official work days.
Via a statement on Tuesday, the Edo state Governor said, “As a proactive government, we have since taken the step to increase the minimum wage paid to workers in Edo State from the approved ₦30,000 to ₦40,000, the highest in the country today.
“We want to assure you that we will continue to pay this amount, while we hope to increase it even further if more allocation accrues to our State from the Federal Government in view of the expected savings occasioned by the removal of the fuel subsidy.
“We know the hardship that has been caused by this policy which has radically increased the cost of transportation, eating deep into the wages of workers in the State.
“Therefore, the Edo State Government is hereby reducing the number of work days that civil and public servants will have to commute to their workplaces from five days a week to three days a week till further notice. Workers will now work from home two days a week.
“Similarly, for teachers and parents, their commuting to school will be reduced as the government is working on deepening the EdoBEST@Home initiative to create more virtual classrooms, thereby reducing the cost of commuting on parents, teachers, and pupils.
“The Edo SUBEB will provide details on this initiative in the coming days.”