FG to review workers’ allowances not salaries – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has denied saying that the federal government was reviewing the salaries of public and civil servants.

Ngige said the increase he alluded to with State House Correspondents in Abuja was on the remunerations and emoluments of the affected workers, especially the civil servants.

The minister’s denial was contained in a statement signed by Head, Public Relations at the Ministry, Mr. Olajide Oshundun.

The statement read, “The attention of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has been drawn to the news item that the FG is reviewing salaries of public and civil servants which was a fall out of his interaction with State House Correspondents after his recent audience with Mr. President.

“The minister wishes to clarify that the increase he talked about was on the remunerations and emoluments of the affected workers, especially the civil servants.”

The statement said the Presidential Committee on Salaries through the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation had received recommendations for review of allowances of many Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government.

“Because salary component is not being reviewed for now by the committee, it addressed the allowances component of the requests including the peculiar allowance for Federal Civil Servants amongst others.”

According to the ministry, in labour parlance, remuneration or emolument is made up of salary component and earned allowance component.

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