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New Minimum Wage: FG reveals reason for delay in implementation

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The Federation’s Chief of Civil Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, attributed the delay in the total implementation of the new National Minimum Wage to the unrealistic demands of the unions on Monday.

However, Oyo-Ita, who unveiled this in Abuja on Monday in a two-day retreat for senior management staff at his office, said negotiations between the government and the unions were underway, the NAN reports.

The retreat on the Human Resource Development Institutes and the Federal Training Centers was about the Strategy and Implementation Plan of the Federal Civil Service (FCSSIP) 2017-2020.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FCSSIP was articulated to drive the transformation of Nigeria’s public administration in line with the global standard.

Oyo-Ita said the high-level union unions raised unrealistic demands among union leaders in the negotiations.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the implementation of the new national minimum wage and that is why the presidential committee on the consequent adjustment of the minimum wage has been sitting to deliberate on it.

“And, in fact, he has sat down with the union leadership within the public service to present the consequent adjustment derived from the new minimum wage. “There were some, what I will call unrealistic demands of the unions.

“In order not to delay the implementation of the much-loved policy of the President, we had to go ahead and seek approval to implement the minimum wage from April,” he said.

He explained that the decision was to pave the way for the federal government to continue discussions on the consequent adjustment.

Oyo-Ita said the federal government would not allow the demands of the senior staff unions to affect those for whom the minimum wage, the low-income people, were mainly intended.

She, however, said that the conversation about the controversial issues was still ongoing with all the unions, particularly the senior staff unions.

Oyo-Ita used the retreat to ensure that the administrative staff improved themselves to provide quality service in their workplaces.

According to her, the retreat consists of involving all the human resources development institutes in the FCSSIP vision, especially in terms of capacity development and training.

Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary of the Office of Service Policies and Strategies, said the retreat was designed to sensitize the OHCSF senior management to the implementation of the FCSSIP 2017-2020.

Ajani said the vision was to reposition Nigeria’s federal public service for better performance in conjunction with the 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which established a new course for the service.

In her speech, Ms. Cecilia Gayya, Director General of the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, said that the university appreciated the vision of the Office of the Federation Service Chief (OHCSF) to develop a strategic document for the development of the human capacity of the officials.

Gayya explained that the strategy would fill gaps in management ideas for effective and efficient management of public administration in Nigeria.