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Buhari Administration Reviewing Minimum Wage – HoS


The Federal Government has assured civil servants that it is working to review the current minimum wage of N18,000 in the face of present realities.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, who is one of the 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee for the negotiation of a new National Minimum Wage for the Country, appointed last year November, said a strong position paper was being fine-tuned to be presented President Muhammadu Buhari.

She made the disclosure at the Second Permanent Secretary’s Quarterly Breakfast meeting with the organized labour, where she also pledged the commitment of the Federal government to the welfare and provision of conducive working environment for workers.

Oyo-Ita, also disclosed that only 140 were successful out of over 290 Deputy Directors that sat for promotion examinations recently in the Federal Civil Service.

She told the labour union leaders present at the meeting that the lingering issue of promotions for the 2014 batch of Directors in the Administration Cadre has also been resolved.

The number one civil servant  added that the lifting of the court injunction also led to the conduct of examinations for 2015-2017 batch of Directors in the same cadre.

“Over 290 Deputy Directors sat for the exams, out of which about 140 were successful. With this achievement, I am certain, that going forward, the Civil Service will ventilate itself and officers will be rewarded for hard-work,” she said.

Oyo-Ita said the resolution of the dispute would address that the problem of dearth of Directors of Administration in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA).


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