President Muhammadu Buhari has played host to Edo State Governor and governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his deputy and deputy governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, at the State House, in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The governor who led a delegation of party chieftains to the President, was at the State House to thank President Buhari for ensuring the September 19, governorship election was free, fair, credible and transparent.
Obaseki was accompanied on the visit by his wife, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki; wife of the deputy governor, Mrs. Maryann Shaibu; Chief Tom Ikimi; Senator Representing Edo Central Senatorial District, Clifford Ordia; Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District, Matthew Urhoghide; House of Representatives member representing Oredo Federal Constituency, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, among others.
Meanwhile, the state government has paid September salaries and pension to workers and retirees.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the payment is in line with the governor’s standing order on prompt payment of salary and pension obligations to workers.
He said, “Following the standing order of Governor Godwin Obaseki for early payment of pension and salaries of workers in the state, all civil and public servants have been paid their salaries between yesterday, September 24, 2020 and today, September 25, 2020.
This is despite the economic setbacks that have bedeviled the Nigerian economy and other parts of the world amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Osagie said that the Governor Obaseki-led administration will sustain commitment to workers in the state, adding: “With the renewed mandate given to the governor by Edo people for another four years in office, the governor will consolidate on several reforms being carried out in the Edo State civil service in the last four years, including world-class trainings for the workers, revamp of their work environment, timely payment of salary and the migration of work culture from analogue to digital platform for efficiency.”