Thu. May 23rd, 2024

By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi

 

A major move is aimed at improving the livelihoods of public sector workers, President Bola Tinubu’s administration announced on Tuesday a sweeping increase in salary structures for various government employees, including the military, police, and other public servants. The adjustments, ranging from 25% to 35%, were declared by the National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission (NSIWC) and are set to take effect retroactively from January 1, 2024.

The NSIWC, through its Head of Press, Emmanuel Njoku, specified that the increments apply to those on six consolidated salary structures excluding previously adjusted sectors like tertiary education and health. The affected structures include the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure, Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure, Consolidated Police Salary Structure, Consolidated Para-military Salary Structure, Consolidated Intelligence Community Salary Structure, and the Consolidated Armed Forces Salary Structure.

This adjustment follows earlier salary raises granted to university, polytechnic, and college education staff under specific consolidated salary structures, alongside professionals in the medical and health sector.

Further enhancing the financial welfare of retired government employees, the NSIWC announced increases in pensions ranging from 20% to 28% for those on the Defined Benefits Scheme associated with the aforementioned salary structures.

The need for these adjustments has been underscored by longstanding advocacy from Nigerian civil servants for better compensation amidst increasing living costs. While initial negotiations hinted at a possible 40% increase, a compromise was reached for the current 25% to 35% range.

The recent salary review comes against a backdrop of national economic pressures, including a significant hike in electricity tariffs that have further fueled the urgency for wage revisions. Concurrently, labor unions are negotiating for substantial hikes in the national minimum wage, with revised demands aiming as high as N500,000, a stark increase from the previously expired wage agreement.

As these discussions evolve, the government remains engaged with union leaders, with a resolution anticipated to coincide with May Day celebrations. This comprehensive approach by the Tinubu administration not only aims to acknowledge the invaluable service of public sector workers but also to stabilize the workforce in the face of economic fluctuations.

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