The federal government has approved a pay raise for civil servants to cushion the high cost of living.

Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment stated this while featuring on Channels TV on Wednesday and monitored by Roving Reporters

He said, “I once said that the Federal Government is looking at giving people in the public service a pay raise to take care of the increase cost of living and that is correct.

“The presidential Committee on salaries has done something for the civic servants and those who are on what we call consolidated public servants scales and some corporations and some MBA that are on that scale.

“We have handled it. We made our recommendations and put the percentage and it has been approved.

“We said it should take effect from January 1.

“We have a provision for it in the 2023 budget so, we are not afraid of telling,  Mr President, we need you to look at this and approve it. The money is appropriated.

“Whenever the approval is gotten, the civil servants or those on CONPSS will get that pay raise for them to cushion the effect of inflation, increase in importation,  housing,  food, electricity and it takes effect from January 1, 2023.

“Again, some corporation, agencies of government, taking a cue from this, we have approved for them,different percentage of pay raise depending on the particular peculiarities of the organisations.”

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