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FG approves salary increase for civil servants, security personnel

Salary raise of 25-35% to take effect from January 1, 2024, with pension adjustments for pensioners under defined benefits scheme

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In a significant development, the Nigerian Federal Government has sanctioned a notable increase in the salary structures of police officers, armed forces personnel, public servants, and others. The announcement, made by the National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission on Tuesday, signals a tangible shift in remuneration policies for various sectors.

The Commission’s Head of Press, Emmanuel Njoku, disclosed that the approved salary hike, ranging from 25% to 35%, encompasses civil servants under the remaining six consolidated salary structures. These 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, salary adjustments had been extended to tertiary education and health sectors, including universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, and the health sector. The increases, effective from January 1, 2024, aimed to address long-standing calls for improved remuneration across various segments of the workforce.

Furthermore, the Federal Government has approved pension increases of 20% to 28% for pensioners on the Defined Benefits Scheme, aligning with the salary adjustments for the aforementioned consolidated salary structures.

Negotiations leading to the salary raise saw civil servants advocating for a 40% increase, although a consensus settled on a range of 25% to 35%, reflecting the evolving economic landscape and fiscal considerations. Concurrently, Nigerian labour unions have been pressing for a substantial raise in the minimum wage, citing inflationary pressures and the soaring cost of living.

The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress have proffered varying proposals, with ongoing talks influenced by recent economic developments such as electricity tariff hikes. As negotiations continue, unions have revised their demands downwards, with a final decision anticipated by May 1, 2024, colloquially known as May Day.

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