Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari may soon announce salary increases for public officials in the country in order to mitigate the effects of the current economic challenges.
Ngige made the announcement on Tuesday, just after meeting with President Buhari, while answering questions from journalists at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The minister, who said that his discussions with the president focussed on wage adjustment, said “a Presidential Committee on Salaries is working hand-in-hand with the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission.
“The Act establishing them mandates the commission to fix salaries, wages, and emoluments in not only the public service. If you want their help and work in the private sector, they will help you as well. They have what is known as a compensation remuneration template.
When asked when the proposed pay rise will be implemented, Ngige responded, “As we enter the New Year, government will make some statements in that area.”
The minister said he had engaged “exhaustively” with the president on the challenges impacting labour, adding that “part of my job is to deal with labour issues. First and foremost, we examine the country’s job position, as well as what we have and have not accomplished.
“We also had a briefing on productivity in relation to the different industrial issues we had in 2022.
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