Good News: Tinubu Speaks on ‘Prompt’ Payment of N35,000 Wage Award, Shares Other Details

Good News: Tinubu Speaks on ‘Prompt’ Payment of N35,000 Wage Award, Shares Other Details

  • The federal government headed by Tinubu has explained the reason for the delay in the payment of the N35,000 wage award
  • Dr Oluwatoyin Madein, the accountant-general of the federation (AGF), disclosed that insufficient revenue is the reason why some workers have not received their money
  • She however concluded that Tinubu's team is working to ensure workers not only get their N35,000 for six months but are well taken care of as promised during his campaign journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

FCT, Abuja - President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's-led federal government has expressed commitment to the prompt payment of the N35,000 wage arrears to government workers.

Organised labour, Tinubu, FG, AGF
Tinubu's government has assured of the prompt payment of N35,000 wage award for six months. Photo credit: Ajuri Ngelale
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The accountant-general of the federation (AGF), Dr Oluwatoyin Madein, made this disclosure to newsmen on Wednesday, January 24, in Abuja, The Guardian reported.

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Recall that Tinubu's government approved the N35,000 wage payment to civil servants under his administration in 2023.

The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) confirmed the development. It said the implementation of the N35,000.00 per month wage award for Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies will be funded from the treasury.

Speaking on why some workers are yet to get the money, she stated that inadequate revenue and contending government expenditure have resulted in some delays.

The AGF added that the federal government was taking some steps to ensure it gets enough revenue to meet its commitment to all Nigerians, including the workers, The Punch report added.

“The N35,000 wage award is to go on for six months, until a new national minimum wage is agreed, and government is committed to meeting that obligation.

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“But the limited nature of government revenue and contending issues requiring attention caused some delay. We can not leave monthly salaries and prioritise the wage award, ” she said.

FG commences payment of N35,000 wage award also reported earlier that Tinubu's administration commenced payment of the N35,000 wage award to federal civil servants under the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure.

Some civil servants confirmed they started receiving credit alerts on Tuesday, October 31.

N35,000 wage award: Organised labour gives fresh ultimatum to 36 governors

The 36 governors in the country were issued a two-week ultimatum by organised labour to begin negotiations with its members on the N35,000 wage award for workers in their state.

The labour is asking the states to negotiate with their workers in line with the memorandum of understanding between the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the federal government.

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President Tinubu vows to sack underperforming ministers

Meanwhile, reported that Tinubu declared that ministers in his cabinet must maintain their performance and undergo periodic evaluations to retain their positions.

He cautioned that those failing to meet their responsibilities and objectives would be removed from the cabinet.

This announcement was made on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, during the launch of the 2023 Cabinet Retreat at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja.


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