FG Approves Salary Increment By 25% And 35% For Tertiary Institutions

by Ikem Emmanuel

In a significant development for academic and non-academic staff at tertiary institutions across Nigeria, the Federal Government, through the National Salaries, Wages and Income Commission (NSWIC), has given its nod to a newly approved salary increment. This decision follows a series of reviews and discussions aimed at addressing the welfare of tertiary institution staff members.

One of the key highlights of this development is the increase in the percentage increment for junior staff at these institutions. Previously set at 23.5%, the percentage increment for junior staff has now been raised to 25%. Importantly, the arrears of this increment, dating back to January 2023, will also be settled, bringing a sense of relief to affected employees.

While this news is undoubtedly welcomed by academic and non-academic staff, it’s essential to note that there was no mention of the withheld salaries of those who embarked on strikes in 2022. However, there is an ongoing effort to address this concern.

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The Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, played a significant role in advocating for these changes. He wrote a letter to the Chairman of the NSWIC, Ekpo Nta, to inquire about the collective status of academic unions and to ensure that the interests of staff members were prioritized.


Dr. Anderson Ezeibe, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, expressed the union’s awareness of the new developments and their eagerness for implementation. He revealed that junior lecturers would benefit from a 25% increment, while chief lecturers and professors would enjoy a 35% increment.

On a broader scale, this decision by the Federal Government reflects ongoing efforts to address the issues surrounding the salaries and welfare of academic and non-academic staff members at tertiary institutions. It is seen as a step towards ensuring fair compensation for these professionals who play a vital role in the education sector.

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