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by Victor Ndubuisi

The N35,000 pay award for civil servants has been approved by President Bola Tinubu in order to mitigate the effects of the elimination of fuel subsidies.

The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ekpo U. O. Nta, revealed this in a memo.

According to the memo, all Federal Civil Servants would benefit from the wage award starting on September 1, 2023.

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The memo dated 19 October 2023, was addressed to the Chief of Staff to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Ministers and Ministers of State, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Chairmen, Federal Commissions, Federal Permanent Secretaries, Clerk of the National Assembly, Secretary, National Judicial Council, and Secretary, Federal Judicial Service Commission.


Others copied in the memo are Directors-General and Chief Executives of Parastatals, Agencies and Government-Owned Companies, Auditor-General of the Federation, Accountant-General of the Federation and the Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation.

The memo reads; “I refer to the Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Monday, 2 October 2023 as a result of the dispute arising from withdrawal of subsidy on the price of premium motor spirit (PMS) and hereby convey the approval of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the grant of a wage award of N35,000:00 (thirty-five thousand Naira) only per month to all Federal Government workers with effect from 1 September 2023 pending when a new national minimum wage is expected to have been signed into law.”

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The Trade Union Congress, the Nigerian Labour Congress, and other organised labour unions launched an industrial action in response to the hardships brought on by the elimination of the fuel subsidy, Anaedoonline.ng noted.

After the Tinubu-led administration promised N5 billion for the provision of palliatives to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, the strike was subsequently put on hold for one month.


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