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FG Plans Performance-Based Salary Scheme For Workers

This system will allow workers at the same level to earn varying salaries.

By Karo Oghentega

The Federal Government announced on Monday that it is implementing a new wage system in the civil service, which will be based on employee productivity.

This system will allow workers at the same level to earn varying salaries.

The government explained that the decision to formulate this innovative wage system stems from the recognition of productivity as a crucial factor in the country’s economic growth. Nasir Raji-Mustapha, the Director-General of the National Productivity Centre, revealed this during a meeting with Labour correspondents.

He said: “We are in the process of developing a productivity-led wage system that will ensure that those who are productive are rewarded for their efforts, irrespective of their grade level. Under the proposed system, employees on the same salary scale can earn different wages.”

When asked whether the new proposal on a productivity-led wage system had the support and input of organised labour, the NPC boss stressed that such a task couldn’t be carried out without the input of labour.

Raji-Mustapha said, “Of course, labour, as a critical stakeholder, is being carried along in this exercise. As researchers, we don’t just do things without considering the recipient of the reports.

“When we started the project about three or four years ago, we held a stakeholders’ forum in which the labour unions participated. We even went further to send a memo to the NLC and TUC to ask them whether they will support the proposed wage system and they said they would welcome it.”

Raji-Mustapha mentioned that the report for the initial phase of the study is complete, and the subsequent step involves engaging various stakeholders to review and provide input before presenting it to the Federal Government for potential adoption.

Additionally, he highlighted that the National Productivity Centre (NPC) is collaborating with numerous international agencies and organizations to enhance the productivity and skills of Nigerian workers, aiming to positively impact the economy.

Specifically, he noted expanded collaboration between the NPC and entities such as the International Labour Organisation, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, Africa Productivity Association, and Asia Productivity Association.

Raji-Mustapha also emphasized the NPC’s efforts in promoting productivity among youths, particularly National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, by revitalising productivity advocacy at NYSC camps.

Furthermore, he revealed that Vice President Kashim Shettima would deliver the keynote address at the two-day National Productivity Summit organized by the NPC, taking place in Abuja on Tuesday.

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