FG starts payment of 40% salary increment for workers

MUhammadu Buhari

The federal government’s new 40% unique allowance will only apply to the 144,766 federal civil officials covered by the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure.

This suggests that other employees who work for the federal government but are paid differently won’t gain anything.

For example, employees of the federal government who work at universities and who are paid under the Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure and the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale, respectively, would not gain from the pay increase.

A top public official in Kwara state who requested anonymity further confirmed this occurrence by stating that the wage increase coincided with the April 2023 payment.

“I received my own arrears today. Some of our other colleagues have also confirmed receipt of their arrears. It came in alongside our April salary.” the worker claimed.

“Yes, it is true. Though I am a teacher with a Federal Government school, I can confirm to you that I received my April 2023 salary alongside my arrears.” another worker confirmed at Ibadan.

However, as of the time this report was filled out, no formal confirmation had been received to this effect.

To mitigate the consequences of the scheduled withdrawal of the gasoline subsidy, President Muhammadu Buhari recommended a 40% salary increase for employees.

Every employee from level 1 to level 17 will be eligible for the raise.

President Buhari
President Buhari

You may remember that the Federal Government had authorized a salary increase for government workers in March, according to Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment.

In an interview, Tommy Etim, the national vice president of the Trade Union Congress, supported the government’s action.

According to Etim, “allowances and not salaries” would be increased by the government.

“I am aware of the government’s initiatives, and the payment will begin in January, the man said. There is no salary rise as a result of the new payment. In order to avoid misleading the public, it is a special allowance rather than a pay raise.” he added.

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The National Bureau of Statistics reports that the most recent increase in inflation is the third consecutive increase this year and is up 0.13 percentage points from the headline inflation rate in February 2023.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages (11.42%), housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuel (3.69%), clothing and footwear (1.69%), transportation (1.43%), furnishings, household equipment, and maintenance (1.11%), education (0.87%), health (0.66%), miscellaneous goods and services (0.37%), and restaurants and hotels (0.27%) are the divisional level items that contributed to the increase in the headline index.