Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s Minister of Labour, Employment, and Productivity, announced on Monday that lecturers, doctors, and other categories of civil servants under the CONMESS, CONHESS, and CONTISS salary scales—commonly referred to as the CONSAL—will receive an undisclosed percentage pay increase.
Ngige made the announcement about the workers’ arrears of the raise beginning in January 2023 at the Eagle Square commemoration of the 2023 International Workers’ Day.
The introduction of the 40% pay increase (peculiar allowance) by the Federal Government resulted in benefits for the 144,766 federal government servants covered by the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure.
He said “It will also be recalled that since the emergence of the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure on the 1st of January, 2007, it has not been reviewed by any of the past administrations, but for the consequential minimum wage adjustment of 2019 for all wage structures under this government in 2019. However, in line with the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerian workers, the Federal Government recently worked out the introduction of a 40% Peculiar Allowance into the remuneration and emoluments of core Federal Civil Servants and other public servants on the CONPSS to help cushion the effects of inflation and other costs of doing their works as they are not on any special allowances.
“This demonstrates the government leadership’s commitment to improving workers’ welfare and conditions of service even without any Industrial action, but a fallout of social dialogue.
“However, other workers in the other different wage structures like CONHESS, CONMESS CONUAS, CONTISS that started their Collective Bargaining with their Employer even with Industrial action are wounding up their CBAs for the National Salaries Incomes and Wages to transmit same for final treatment as provisions were made in the 2023 Appropriations for them with effect from 1st January 2023”