President Bola Tinubu has given his approval for civil servants to receive a wage award of N35,000. This decision is meant to help lessen the impact of removing fuel subsidies.
All Federal Civil Servants will benefit from this wage award. It will go into effect starting from September 1, 2023.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Ekpo U. O. Nta, issued a memo to inform everyone about this decision. The memo was dated October 19, 2023, and it was sent to various important people in the government.
The memo was addressed to the Chief of Staff to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Ministers and Ministers of State, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Chairmen of Federal Commissions, Federal Permanent Secretaries, Clerk of the National Assembly, Secretary of the National Judicial Council, and Secretary of the Federal Judicial Service Commission. Many other important people were also copied in the memo.
The memo states, “I refer to the Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Monday, October 2, 2023, as a result of the dispute arising from withdrawal of subsidy on the price of premium motor spirit (PMS) and hereby convey the approval of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the grant of a wage award of N35,000:00 (thirty-five thousand Naira) only per month to all Federal Government workers with effect from September 1, 2023, pending when a new national minimum wage is expected to have been signed into law.”