Sources indicate that the Federal Government will soon announce an increase in government servant salaries to reflect the new economic realities that inflation has brought about for the nation.
This was revealed by Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, in answer to questions from reporters from State House in Abuja.
The conclusions of a Presidential Committee on Compensation’s assessment of salaries, according to the minister, would be made public in early 2023.
The minister recently proposed that the government alter employee pay in order to lessen the effects of the country’s rising cost of living.
“Yes, I am saying that the Presidential Committee on Salaries is working hand-in-hand with the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission.
“The commission is mandated by the Act establishing them to fix salaries, wages, and emoluments in not only the public service.
“If you want their assistance and you are in the private sector, they will also assist you. They have what is called the template for remuneration, for compensation.
“So, if you work, you get compensated, if you don’t work, you will not be compensated.
“So they have the matrix to do the evaluation. They are working with the Presidential Committee on Salaries chaired by the finance ministry and I am the co-chair to look at the demands of the workers.
“Outside this, I said discussions on that evaluation are ongoing.”
Ngige responded, “As we enter the new year, government will make some declarations in that area,” when asked if a timeline had been set for the implementation of the new pay rise.
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