The last-minute decision by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to introduce a pay increase for the 144,766 federal civil servants under the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure cannot be characterized as unreasonable, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity revealed.
Keyamo also stated that the wage increase is something the government can afford when speaking with our correspondent in an exclusive interview on Saturday in Abuja.
Recently there have been criticisms following the announcement of the peculiar allowance for civil servants. Certain finance experts described the introduction of the allowance as a “trap for the incoming administration.”
But Keyamo said, “The new package for workers cannot be unreasonable under our present circumstances. In fact, Nigerian workers deserve more. The issue is the funding. I think when the new government removes subsidy and explores some others means to fund our budgets, the government can afford it.”
Sunday PUNCH reports that workers under the CONPSS were paid peculiar allowances alongside their salaries for the month of April with arrears of January to March 2023 paid alongside.
Earlier, the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, explained that the government introduced the allowance for civil servants in view of the current economic reality, and it is meant to help government workers to cushion the effects of rising inflation, the rising cost of living, hikes in transportation fare, housing and electricity tariffs.