Tinubu Approves ₦35,000 Minimum Wage for Federal Civil Servants
In a significant development, President Bola Tinubu has officially granted approval for a minimum wage of ₦35,000 for all federal civil servants. This momentous decision was formally communicated through a circular issued by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) on Thursday.
The circular, bearing the signature of Ekpo U. O, the Chairman of NSIWC, has set the implementation date for this wage increase as Friday, September 1, 2023. The document explicitly conveys the President’s approval, stating, “I hereby convey the approval of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the grant of a wage award of N35,000:00 (thirty-five thousand Naira) only per month to all Federal Government workers with effect from 1 September 2023, pending when a new national minimum wage is expected to have been signed into law.”
Notably, the circular extends its guidance to various government officials and clarifies the funding sources for the wage award. Treasury-funded federal government ministries, departments, and agencies are expected to allocate resources for this wage increase from the treasury, while non-treasury funded Federal Government agencies are directed to implement the same using internally generated funds.
This decision marks a notable stride in enhancing the livelihoods of federal civil servants and ensuring fair compensation for their dedication and hard work. The wage increase is poised to have a tangible impact on the economic well-being of these public servants, reinforcing the government’s commitment to their welfare.