By Tope Owotoki
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate implementation of the N30,000 new national wage for Federal Public Service workers currently earning below the minimum wage.
Chief Richard Egbule, the Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the commencement of the approved payment would be determined by the office of the Accountant-General and backdated to when the President signed the agreement.
Egbule said the approval takes effect from April 18, 2018 and will affect the salary of government agencies under five salary structures.
These include the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS), Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) and the Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure (CONRAISS).
Others to be affected are the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS II) and Consolidated Tertiary Educational Institutions Salary Structure (CONTEDISS).
“The negotiations between the Federal Government and the joint National Public Service Negotiating Council on the consequential adjustment arising from the new minimum wage for officers who earn above N30,000 would continue.
“The outcome of such negotiations will be implemented with effect from the date an agreement is reached,” he said.
Egbule assured the public that the Federal Government was totally committed to the implementation of the new minimum wage as agreed with key stakeholders.
He said that any enquiry relating to the implementation of the new minimum wage should be directed to the commission.