Good news: Tinubu speaks on 'prompt' payment of N35,000 wage award, shares other details

2024-01-24 17:46:16 - Nigeria news.

FCT, Abuja - President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's-led federal government has expressed commitment to the prompt payment of the N35,000 wage arrears to government workers.

The accountant-general of the federation (AGF), Dr Oluwatoyin Madein, made this disclosure to newsmen on Wednesday, January 24, in Abuja, The Guardian reported.

She, however, said that inadequate revenue and contending government expenditure have resulted in some delays.

Speaking further, the AGF hinted that the federal government was initiating moves to mobilise enough revenue to meet its commitment to all Nigerians, including the workers, The Punch report added.

"The limited nature of government revenue and contending issues requiring attention caused some delay. We can not leave monthly salaries and prioritise the wage award," she said.

It would be recalled that President Tinubu's government approved the N35,000 wage payment to civil servants under his administration in 2023.

The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) confirmed the development. It said the implementation of the N35,000.00 per month wage award for Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies will be funded from the treasury.

Ekpo Nta, the chairman/chief executive officer of NSIWC, disclosed that this only applies to treasury-funded offices, while non-treasury-funded Tinubu's government agencies are to implement the same from their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) or statutory allocations. also reported earlier that Tinubu's administration commenced payment of the N35,000 wage award to federal civil servants under the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure.

Some civil servants confirmed they started receiving credit alerts on Tuesday, October 31.

The 36 governors in the country were issued a two-week ultimatum by organised labour to begin negotiations with its members on the N35,000 wage award for workers in their state.

The labour is asking the states to negotiate with their workers in line with the memorandum of understanding between the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the federal government.

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