Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, announced yesterday that federal civil servants in Nigeria will receive their full allowances as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari approves the payment, likely to be in January. Ngige clarified that there are no plans for a salary increase for these workers, but rather the payment of allowances is meant to alleviate the economic difficulties currently facing the country.
Ngige emphasized that the issue of salary increases for civil servants requires discussion between the workers’ union and the government before any changes can be made. The minister also praised the Buhari administration for its various development projects, such as the Second Niger Bridge and the Enugu-Okigwe-Umuahia-Aba-Port Harcourt expressway, which have particularly benefited the South-East region.
Ngige described Buhari as a compassionate leader who cares deeply about the welfare of the Nigerian people and he further explained how Buhari directed all ministers to distribute both cash and food to those in need during the holiday season. Ngige emphasized the importance of support for the current administration as it works towards a strong finish.