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Federal Wage Award: N35,000 Proposal Sparks Varied State Reactions

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

On October 5, 2023, states across Nigeria voiced mixed opinions about the Federal Government’s collaboration with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC). Together, they’ve proposed a N35,000 wage for federal workers, aiming to offset the impacts of the petrol subsidy removal.

While many states are considering the federal wage recommendation, others, having different wage structures in place,

In Kwara, there was a proactive move. Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary, mentioned that they initiated an extra N10,000 wage for each civil servant even before the federal decision. Consequently, he stated, “We applaud the federal initiative. Additionally, we anticipate other states will establish sustainable wages.”

Kebbi State, on the other hand, remains non-committal. They’ve hinted at a potential wage package but haven’t confirmed any amount. Furthermore, they will deliberate on a suitable wage structure soon.

Enugu State appears to be in full support of the N35,000 federal wage. Chika Ugwuoke, the Commissioner for Labour and Employment, strongly emphasized their commitment to aiding workers.

Hajiya Binta Mamman of Niger State expressed financial concerns. She voiced, “The President’s declaration is majorly for federal workers. Therefore, we must thoroughly understand our state’s fiscal capacity.”

Adamawa: Current Measures and Future Directions

Adamawa State has already been proactive. They’re providing N10,000 as transport allowances to all workers. However, they await further directives from the federal level.

Ondo: Balancing Federal Template with State Needs

Ondo State has given its assurance of wage negotiations in line with the federal template. Simultaneously, they’re focusing on existing palliative measures.

Oyo: Engaging in Constructive Dialogue

Mr. Titilola Sodo of Oyo State revealed plans for engaging discussions with labor leadership, aiming for a mutually beneficial wage package.

Ekiti: Prioritizing Welfare

Ekiti State plans to align closely with the federal government’s measures, underscoring their proactive approach to worker welfare.

Other States: A Mixed Bag of Reactions

States like Plateau, Abia, Cross River, and Kano are in a holding pattern, awaiting further details. Meanwhile, Rivers State hasn’t yet made its stance public. Moreover, Bayelsa highlighted the absence of ongoing state-level negotiations with labor.

Conclusion: The Road Ahead

The proposed wage increase reflects the ongoing economic dynamics in Nigeria. As states grapple with their respective financial challenges, the coming months will shed more light on the final wage structures adopted across the board.

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