The federal government has disclosed that only the 144,766 federal civil servants under the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure will benefit from the new 40 per cent peculiar allowance.
This implies that other workers under the employment of the Federal Government but operating under different salary structures will not benefit.
Federal workers who will not benefit from the 40 per cent peculiar allowance includes the university workers, who are under the Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure, and medical doctors, who are under the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale.
Other categories of federal workers who will not benefit from the peculiar allowance are nurses, non-academic workers in tertiary institutions, the police and members of the armed forces, among others.
The National Salaries Income and Wages Commission headed by Ekpo Nta, disclosed in a memo addressed to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, that only 144,766 staff members of the federal civil service under the CONPSS salary structure would be paid.
The memo reads: “I refer to my letter No. SWC/S/04/S,651/11/271 dated 24th of February, 2023 and the conclusions of the 11th meeting of the Presidential Committee on Salaries held on 7th of March, 2023 on the above-mentioned subject and convey approval for the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to implement the peculiar allowance attached herewith for staff on the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure.
“This approval takes effect from 1st of January, 2023 and the estimated sum of seventy nine billion, three hundred and seventy-three million, three hundred and forty thousand, nine hundred and fifty-nine Naira (N79,373,340,959.00) per annum required to implement it for the 144,766 staff on CONPSS will be funded from the treasury.
“The commission will periodically monitor the implementation of this approval through salary inspections.”
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had earlier disclosed that the Federal Government approved a pay raise for civil servants in the country.
He noted that the pay rise had been included in the 2023 budget and would take effect from January 1, 2023.
Ngige described the pay raise as a peculiar allowance for civil servants in view of the current economic reality and it was meant to help government workers to cushion the effects of rising inflation, rising cost of living, and hikes in transportation fare, housing and electricity tariffs.