Jubilation As FG Increases Salaries For Federal Tertiary Institutions’ Lecturers to….

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The Federal Government, through the National Salaries, Wages and Income Commission, has approved the payment of a newly approved percentage increment in salaries for academic and non-academic staff of all its tertiary institutions across the country,

This is as the percentage increment for junior staff of tertiary institutions was raised from 23.5% which was reviewed last year to 25%. Our correspondent gathered that the arrears of the increment from January 2023 will also be paid.

Though nothing was said about the withheld salaries of the academics and non-academics who embarked on strike in 2022, our correspondent learnt that the Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, earlier wrote the Chairman of the NSIWC, Ekpo Nta, to demand the status of the collective.

Sources within the Ministry of Education informed our correspondent that the decision of the minister to write the NSIWC might not be unconnected from visitations by some of the academic unions and intervention by some pressure groups.

When asked if polytechnic lecturers were aware of the new development, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Dr. Anderson Ezeibe, informed our correspondent that the union heard of the news and was looking forward to the implementation.

“Definitely, we heard of it and we are looking forward to it. There will be 25% increment for junior lecturers while chief lecturers and professors will benefit from 35% increment,” he said.

The National Vice-President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Chris Piwuna, told The PUNCH that such a letter would be addressed to the management of universities and not ASUU.

Meanwhile, our correspondent on Friday in Abuja obtained a letter written by the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of the NSIWC, Eyo Nta, which was addressed to the Minister of Education on September 14, 2023 shortly before his departure to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

One of the letters tagged, ‘RE: Implementation of the 35% and 23.5% salary increment for staff of tertiary institutions,’ reads, “I refer to your letter No. FME/IS/UNI/ASUU/C.I/IT?/90 dated 8th September 2023 in respect of the above-subject. Find attached the circulars pertaining to the four salary structures in the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education for your information (attached).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Punch News


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