Minimum wage: Federal workers receive payment of arrears

Minimum wage: Federal workers receive payment of arrears

- Some workers under the federal civil service have started receiving alerts of the minimum wage

- The ministry said the workers are receiving alerts of the arrears by the federal government

- According to the ministry, the new minimum wage was adequately captured in the 2020 budget

The ministry of finance, budget and planning on Monday, December 30, said some civil servants in various ministries, agencies and departments have started receiving arrear payment of the approved minimum wage.

A director at the ministry said some of the workers have already received the payment alerts from their banks.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the director called on the workers to remain optimistic as all arrears will be paid before the end of December as promised by the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed.

“To be frank with you, I have just received mine but hopefully other workers who have not received theirs will get it soon,” the director who spoke on anonymity said.

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Ahmed had earlier assured Nigerian workers that the consequential adjustment made to the salaries would be paid to all by the end f December 2019.

The minister had also confirmed that there is adequate provision for the payment in the 2020 budget.

Ahmed said: “And we are also planning to pay the arrears of the consequential adjustments in December."

Meanwhile, previously reported that about 20 states across Nigeria had slashed their 2020 budgets despite the agreement to pay the newly approved minimum wage.

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It was gathered that the affected states slashed their budgets in line with the prevailing economic realities, the reduction in the budgets raises concerns over how they intend to pay the new minimum wage. ( -> We keep evolving to serve our readers better.

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