Good News, Breakthrough for Civil Servants as FG Announces New Minimum Wage Plan, Details Emerge
- Civil servants are likely to get an improved minimum wage package by the second quarter of 2024
- This development was made known by the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige
- The former Anambra state governor said necessary provisions had been implemented to make it a reality
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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says plans has been put in place to review and implement a new minimum wage for Nigerian civil servants on or before May 2024.
As reported by the Daily Trust Newspaper, Ngige made this announcement in Abuja on Tuesday, February 7 at the Nigeria Labour Congress’ 13th National Delegates’ Conference.
While speaking at the conference, the former Anambra state governor called out organised labour and other trade unions to stop the act of imposing their will on the government.
He stated that the attitude and actions of the trade unions contradicts the statutory codes of the Trade Union Act that mandated that all newly elected trade union officials take required courses at the Michael Imuodu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS)
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He stated that this training will give them first hand knowledge and adequate capacity to exercise their responsibilities effectively and also influence their Industrial Relations authorities.
“The good story that filters out from it is that we put out an Act, a legislation that had in place an inbuilt review five years mechanism, unlike the formal Act. So, mandatorily, Nigeria will produce a new minimum wage on or before May 2024
“It is acknowledged, both nationally and internationally, that government would not interfere in trade union matters and likewise, trade unions are not to interfere in labour administration unless as provided by the laws and principles of tripartism.”
Chris Ngige lambasts trade union
Ngige further reiterated that in his not within the rights of the trade union to dictate to government on the appointment of public officials.
He urged the NLC to ensure the implementation of the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA) 2010 by State Governments.
“This has resulted in many workers not being covered by the ECA Act for injuries and even deaths sustained in the place or course of employment.
“The NLC should remedy this situation as the welfare of workers is one of the cardinal functions of Trade Unions including the Confederations.
“In this regard, it should be noted that the PENCOM Act 2014 makes it mandatory for all employers to give Insurance Cover for workers employed by them.”
Workers Jubilate As FG Reveals When Salary Increment Will Be Announced
Similarly, the federal government has announced a plan to increase workers' salaries in 2023 following a series of industrial actions in 2022.
Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said the increment is to curb the effect of economic challenges posed by inflation on the country.
According to Ngige, the presidential committee on salaries is currently reviewing the wages, and the government will make a pronouncement next year.
Finally, Buhari’s Minister Breaks Silence Over Half Salary Payment of Varsity Dons
In another development, the controversy over paying half-salary to ASUU lecturers for October has been explained.
The federal government, through the ministry of labour and employment, said salaries were paid pro-rata.
However, the ministry denied claims that it sanctioned and influenced the payment of half-salaries to lecturers.