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FG Raises Salaries Of Military, Police, Others

This adjustment, effective from January 1, 2024, was announced by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

By Musa Ibrahim

The Federal Government has sanctioned a 25 to 35 per cent salary increase for various groups, including police officers, the armed forces, and public servants.

This adjustment, effective from January 1, 2024, was announced by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission. According to Emmanuel Njoku, the Head of Press at NSIWC, this raise applies to civil servants on the remaining six consolidated salary structures.

The commission said, “The Federal Government has approved an increase of between 25 per cent and 35 per cent in salary for civil servants on the remaining six consolidated salary structures.”

It outlined the structures to include the “Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure, Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure  Consolidated Police Salary Structure, Consolidated Para-military Salary Structure, Consolidated Intelligence Community Salary Structure, and Consolidated Armed Forces Salary Structure.”

Previously, individuals in the tertiary education and health sectors had received raises, which encompassed structures such as the Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure and the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure for Universities. Similarly, for polytechnics and colleges of education, increases were implemented through the Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Salary Structure, and the Consolidated Tertiary Educational Institutions Salary Structure. Additionally, the health sector benefited from raises facilitated by the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure and the Consolidated Health Sector Salary Structure. Njoku specified that the most recent raises come into effect from January 1, 2024.

“In line with the provisions of Section 173(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the Federal Government has also approved increases in pension of between 20 per cent and 28 per cent for pensioners on the Defined Benefits Scheme in respect of the above-mentioned six consolidated salary structures with effect from January 1, 2024,” the NSIWC stated.

Leading up to 2024, Nigerian civil servants had been advocating for a salary increase, with negotiations initially discussing a 40 per cent raise. However, an agreement was eventually reached for a range of increases between 25 per cent and 35 per cent to take effect in January 2024. This adjustment applies to federal civil servants under various consolidated salary structures.

Additionally, Nigerian labor unions have been advocating for a substantial increase in the minimum wage nationwide. The Nigeria Labour Congress initially proposed N615,000 per month, while the Trade Union Congress suggested figures ranging from N447,000 to N850,000 depending on the region. The unions argue that the current minimum wage, which expired in April 2024, is inadequate due to rising inflation and the high cost of living.

Ongoing discussions have seen the unions revising their demands downwards. The NLC now seeks around N500,000 while considering proposals from their state chapters. Recent events like the electricity tariff hike have influenced negotiations, prompting the unions to argue for a higher increase. A final decision is expected by May 1, 2024, coinciding with May Day.

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