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CHRIS NGIGE – Explains why ASUU’s 8-months outstanding salary not discussed

The Federal Government said it would soon make a pronouncement on salary increase for the civil and public servants to cushion the effect of high inflation on the workers.

The government said already, the Presidential Committee on Salaries was doing a review and expected to come up with salary adjustment in the new year.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after he had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Ngige, who said that he was at the seat of power to discus exhaustively issues concerning his ministry, including employment and productivity, described 2022 as a year of industrial dispute.

Asked whether he discussed the issue of salary increase with the President considering the rising inflation, he said:”Yes, that’s what I am saying that the Presidential Committee on Salaries is working hand-in-hand with the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission. The commission is mandated by the Act establishing it to fix salaries, wages, and emoluments in not only the public service.

“If you want their assistance and you are in the private sector, they will also assist you. They have what is called the template for remuneration, for compensation. So, if you work, you get compensated, if you don’t work, you will not be compensated.”

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