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Federal Government Greenlights Wage Boost for Public Sector Employees

The Federal Government of Nigeria has given the green light for a substantial increase in salaries, ranging from 25% to 35%, for civil servants across a spectrum of consolidated salary structures. This decision marks a significant move towards addressing the longstanding issue of wage stagnation and ensuring better remuneration for public sector employees.

The approved salary augmentation encompasses six core consolidated salary structures, namely the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS), Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure (CONRAISS), Consolidated Police Salary Structure (CONPOSS), Consolidated Para-military Salary Structure (CONPASS), Consolidated Intelligence Community Salary Structure (CONICCS), and Consolidated Armed Forces Salary Structure (CONAFSS).

Previously, targeted salary increases were rolled out in sectors such as tertiary education and health, impacting structures like the Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure (CONUASS), Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS), Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Salary Structure (CONPCASS), Consolidated Tertiary Educational Institutions Salary Structure (CONTEDISS), Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS), and Consolidated Health Sector Salary Structure (CONHESS).

This comprehensive initiative underscores the government’s commitment to revitalizing the public sector workforce and ensuring parity across various domains of service.

In an official statement signed by the Head of Press at the National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Emmanuel Njoku, the implementation of these salary increases is slated to commence on January 1, 2024. This timeline provides stakeholders with a clear framework for the transition and adjustment to the new salary structures.

Moreover, the Federal Government has extended its commitment to enhancing the welfare of retirees by approving pension increases ranging from 20% to 28% for pensioners enrolled in the Defined Benefits Scheme within the aforementioned consolidated salary structures. This move not only addresses current workforce concerns but also acknowledges the contributions of retired personnel and seeks to provide them with financial security in their post-service years.

By aligning salary and pension adjustments with the evolving economic landscape and the rising cost of living, the government aims to foster greater morale, productivity, and overall well-being among civil servants and retirees alike. This holistic approach to remuneration underscores the government’s recognition of the vital role played by public sector workers in driving national development and prosperity.

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