Minimum Wage: We are developing a new wage system based on workers’ productivity — FG

The Federal Government says it is currently developing a new wage system for the civil service that will be based on employee’s productivity, allowing workers at the same level to potentially earn varying salaries.

The Director-General of the National Productivity Centre (NPC), Dr. Nasir Raji-Mustapha, disclosed this on Monday, May 12, at a press briefing in Abuja.

According to him, “We are in the process of developing a productivity-led wage system that will ensure that those who are productive are rewarded for their efforts irrespective of their grade level. Under the proposed system, employees on the same salary scale can earn different wages.”

On whether the proposal has the support and input of the organised labour, Dr Raji-Mustapha said: “Of course, labour as a critical stakeholder is being carried along in this exercise. As researchers, we don’t just do things without considering the recipient of the reports.

When we started the project about three or four years ago, we held stakeholders’ forum which the labour unions participated. We even went further to send memo to NLC and TUC to ask them whether they will support the proposed Wage System and they said they will welcome it”.

He said that the report for the first phase of the study was ready, adding that the next stage will be to engage various stakeholders to consider and make input before final presentation to the federal government for its consideration and possible adoption.


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