In a move that promises to uplift the financial prospects of every stratum of Federal Civil Service employees, President Bola Tinubu, in his Independence Day address, unveiled a momentous announcement.
The eagerly anticipated N25,000 wage increment, initially aimed at low-grade federal workers to ameliorate the impact of subsidy removal, is now set to extend its benevolent reach to encompass all categories of workers.
This significant development materialized during a crucial meeting held at Aso Rock on a Sunday evening, where the Federal Government and Labour Unions engaged in pivotal discussions.
This forum, presided over by Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President, culminated in a monumental consensus that every worker within the Federal Civil Service should partake in the envisaged wage increment.
The motivation behind this momentous decision was not only rooted in the desire to address the immediate concerns of low-grade workers but also as a preemptive measure to avert a looming nationwide strike.
The Federal Government, acknowledging the importance of fostering harmonious relations with its workforce, earnestly invited the Labour Unions to this pivotal dialogue.
Governor Abdulrazak Abdulrahman of Kwara State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), along with Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, actively participated in this consequential meeting, albeit virtually.
Their presence underscored the significance of this wage increment not only at the federal but also at the state level.
The assembly also featured a distinguished array of key government figures, including the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun; the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris; the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong; the Minister of State, Labour, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu; the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite; the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan; and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
On the labour front, the delegation was spearheaded by NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and featured eminent figures such as Dr. Tommy Etim Okon, Deputy President, TUC, NLC General Secretary, Emma Ugboaja, and TUC General Secretary, Nuhu Toro, among others.
This historic agreement heralds a new era of improved welfare for Federal Civil Service workers, as the N25,000 wage increment casts its protective embrace over every cadre, ensuring that no worker is left behind.
The synergy between the government and labour unions demonstrates a commitment to addressing the immediate concerns of workers while fostering a climate of industrial harmony.
As this transformative initiative takes root, it is expected to not only enhance the financial well-being of workers but also strengthen the bonds between the government and its workforce, ensuring a more prosperous future for all.