Delta Governor Provides Vehicles for Assembly Members, Faces Scrutiny Amid Minimum Wage Concerns

In a move that has sparked both praise and criticism, the Executive Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. (Elder) Sherif Oborevwori, has provided brand new Prado SUV vehicles to all members of the 10th National Assembly representing constituencies in the state.

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The generous gesture, which extended the support to all Delta State representatives regardless of political party affiliation, was highlighted in a letter from Hon. Francis Ejiröghene Waive, the Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business.

While many have lauded the governor’s inclusive approach and commitment to empowering state legislators, the move has also drawn scrutiny amid growing concerns over the state’s minimum wage levels.

Delta State has faced criticism in recent months for lagging behind in implementing the national minimum wage of ₦30,000 per month. Many civil servants and labor unions have called on the government to address this issue and ensure fair compensation for workers.

In his letter, Hon. Waive praised the governor’s actions, stating that this is “a new dawn in our polity” and that “our State will reap the benefits.” However, some residents have questioned whether the resources used for the vehicle provision could have been better allocated towards improving the livelihood of state employees.

Governor Oborevwori’s office has defended the decision, arguing that the vehicles are essential for the effective representation of Delta constituents at the national level. They have also stated that the government remains committed to addressing minimum wage concerns and improving the overall welfare of state workers.

As the debate continues, the governor’s gesture has ignited discussions about the delicate balance between supporting legislative functions and addressing the pressing socioeconomic needs of the state. Observers will be closely monitoring the government’s response to these competing priorities in the months ahead.

 

Source: X Tonye Barcanista

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