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Apprehension for Nigerian workers as FG denies salary increment for workers

The Federal Government has denied considering raising salaries for Nigerian employees on Friday.


Olajide Oshundun, the Labour ministry’s spokesperson, clarified the matter in a statement that was made accessible to journalists.


According to allegations cited by Naija News, the government has measures in place to raise the pay of the nation’s public officers and civil servants.


This was reportedly stated on Tuesday as Chris Ngige, the minister of labor and employment, was speaking to State House reporters.


However, the statement on Friday claimed that the Minister was misquoted since only a few “peculiar perks,” and not the workers’ salaries as was widely reported, are being evaluated.


He added that the salary of workers can’t be reviewed by the government without involving leaders of organized labour.


“It’s hoped that this rightful step which the Federal Government had embarked upon on compassionate grounds without any prodding or threat to strike will help to cushion the debilitating effects of spiraling inflation especially that which affects food and energy prices (Electricity and Petroleum product),” he said


The statement added:


“The Presidential Committee on Salaries (PCS) through the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) received recommendations for review of allowances of many Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government.


“Because salary component is not being reviewed for now by the committee, it addressed the allowances component of the requests including the peculiar allowance for Federal Civil Servants amongst others.


“In Labour parlance as par payment for compensation for work done, REMUNERATION or EMOLUMENT is made up of salary component and earned allowance component.


“Therefore, the Federal Government through the PCS could not have engaged on the review of salaries without involving the workers through their unions, represented by these two Labour federation of workers in Nigeria – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), salary review or renegotiation is part of social dialogue and the product is usually a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) usually agreed to by both parties – employers and employees.”


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