President Tinubu Government has okayed a 25% pay rise for Lecturers in Federal Institutions.
This Nigeria News platform understands that the federal government had earlier objected to the payment of 25% to lecturers in tertiary institutions when it raised those of Professors to 35%.
But in a circular No: OAuGF/ SW/C/QP/1395/VOL.1/11, dated September 21, 2023, issued by the office of the Auditor General of the Federation to Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, the Auditor General said the implementation was approved by the Presidential Committee on Salaries at its 13th meeting.
The decision was taken after “ taking into consideration, various stages of collective bargaining,” the circular stated.
The circular was sequel to a similar letter from the Chairman of the National Salaries, incomes and Wages Commission( NSIWC), dated September 14, 2023.
The letter was addressed to the Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, had indicated that the government has increased the salaries of workers in the federal government institutions
The letter signed by Ekpo Nta, Chairman of the Commission, revealed that the 23.5% earlier approved was increased to 25%.
Nta, in the letter, expressed pleasure with the success the Minister’s “ informal discussions have achieved”, adding that we shall endeavor to support all your efforts aimed at repositioning the education sector.”
The letter also contained other circulars pertaining to the four salary structures in the Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education.
Recall that Adamu Adamu the former Minister of Education had insisted that the Federal Government could only afford a 23.5 per cent salary increase for all categories of the workforce in Federal Universities, except for people in the professorial cadre who would enjoy a 35 per cent upward review of their salaries.