Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna
The Public Service Negotiation Council, meeting in Kaduna, wants government to increase the salaries of public servants and ensure uniformity of their basic salaries.
Tagged, “Separate Meeting of the Public Service Negotiation Council”, organised under the Office of Head of Service of the Federation, OHCSF, participants interviewed stressed the need for uniformity of salaries of civil servants in Nigeria, citing example of Ghana, Kenya and some African countries where same policy is being implemented.
Speaking to journalists, the National President, Nigerian Union of Service Reportorial Secretarial Data Processors and Allied Workers, NUPSRAW, Alhaji Yahaya y. Yashi, said increase in workers’ salaries was long overdue.
“The salaries can be uniform but allowances can differ,” he said. Yashi stressed, “At the end of the day we hope that government and labour will come out with a position that will help Nigerian workers benefit from this democratic government.”
He said national minimum wage was overdue for review, adding that government has the responsibility to public servants as a rule that must be followed especially with increase in virtually all goods and services in the country.
“Economic problems or not, the governors are flying around using business class; in fact, we are not aware the country has economic challenges,” he added.
The three-day meeting of the Council holding at the Multipurpose Center Kaduna will end Thursday with communiqué being expected.