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FG’s proposed salary increment raises concern

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Teachers call on the government to address major challenging issues.

The new salary increments proposed by the federal government for the public servants has raised concern as some teachers are worried that it may not necessarily be the panacea to addressing the high cost of living in the country. Meanwhile some teachers stressed that the proposed salary increase will not solve the problems of the high cost of living unless the government address the major challenging issue such as accommodation, health, and training, among others.

Meanwhile, Mercy Nnokam, a staff of the Rivers State ministry of education lauds the federal government for the proposed increment which she believes will help ease the effects of the high cost of living minimally. She explained that the lack of motivation has also caused some teachers to migrate abroad. Nnokam laments teachers’ poor condition in Nigeria which she said is affecting the zeal and morals of many professional teachers, hence, many of them would abandon their duties for side-hustles to enable them to meet family demands.

Government should provide more incentives for the teachers.

Nnokam noted that poor remunerations and conditions of service given to teachers in Nigeria also affect the teacher’s zeal. She advocated that the federal government should provide more incentive for the teachers such as housing loans, health insurance, training, and retraining teachers among others to bring them up to the global standard. She also asserts that the government should give room for training and retraining. Also, Omosebi Abiola, a public secondary school teacher in Lagos State explains that the main issue is the point of implementation with action and not just by saying and hopefully Lagos State will follow suit.

According to Abiola most times the salary increments are based on basic salary alone, and for those in the middle and lower levels, meaning that nothing in the face of the value of the naira. However, she reiterated that the tax will automatically increase and that it will not be charged on basic salary alone but including all other allowances, which will eventually render the increment useless. Furthermore, Ukamaka Ajayi, a teacher with the Lagos State ministry of education chose to wait and see as the state government is yet to make known its position on that.

Government will soon make a pronouncement on salary increase.

He said the Lagos State had made the same promise some time ago with no action seen. Benedicta Eboh, a teacher in a private school sees the move as a good one, but only if the increase will be enough to meet up with the current prices of goods. Moreover, Glory Akinsola, a teacher in a mission school would have loved to see a situation whereby the government increments can also reflect on private school owners and staff.

She went on to say, the federal government’s budget has never been a parameter for private teachers’ salaries, though a laudable development. Akinsola explains that private school teachers only hope for better development per time as federal government endeavors can’t reach them. On the other hand, Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment disclosed recently that the federal government will soon make a pronouncement on salary increases for civil and public servants to cushion the effect of rising inflation.

Committee in charge has commenced a review on salary.

Ngige disclosed that the presidential committee on salaries has already commenced a review and is expected to come up with salary adjustments in 2023. The commission is mandated by the Act establishing them to fix salaries, wages, and emoluments in not only the public service. He noted that the government will make further announcements on the matter as time goes on. Issues on the teachers’ welfare remain a recurring challenge in the country. Government needs to do more than just pronouncement to address the issue as teachers continue to show their concerns.


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8 months ago

FG’s proposed salary increment raises concern – Teachers call on the government to address major challenging issues. – Express your point of view.

Last edited 8 months ago by AN-Toni
jdpumping
jdpumping
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8 months ago

Federal government proposed salary increment is of no use because the token added will not be enough for purchasing power of things because virtually all things has increased 100 percent.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
8 months ago

Well the workers deserve their pay. If they are always working diligently, then they deserve to be appreciated more. I will appreciate if the salaries of workers are actually fully increased.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
8 months ago

Concern has been expressed over the new wage increases planned by the federal government for public officials, with several educators expressing skepticism that these increases will be sufficient to combat the country’s high cost of living.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
8 months ago

Some educators, however, have voiced concerns that the anticipated pay increase won’t be enough to offset the high cost of living unless the government also takes steps to address major critical issues like housing, healthcare, and professional development.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
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8 months ago

FG’s proposed salary increment raises concern. Increasing salary is not the problem here, Naira has no value. Government of Nigeria need to seat right

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
8 months ago

praise should go to the federal government for the proposed increase, which they feel will help lessen the consequences of the high cost of living minimally.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
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8 months ago

A number of educators have left the country as a result of a lack of motivation, which has also forced some of them to leave.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
8 months ago

Pay raises for middle and lower management typically consist of nothing more than a percentage increase in base pay, which is meaningless when compared to the value of the naira.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
8 months ago

In light of the fact that educators are continuing to voice their concerns, the government must take action beyond only making statements in order to address the problem.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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8 months ago

Concern has been expressed over the new wage increases planned by the federal government for public officials, with several educators expressing skepticism that these increases will be sufficient to combat the country’s high cost of living.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
8 months ago

The lack of adequate salary and working conditions that are provided to teachers in Nigeria also has an impact on their level of passion.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
8 months ago

In my own view increase in salary should not be the priority of the government at this time.Goverment should find way to reduce the inflation ravaging the country economy.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
8 months ago

Well, workers should be paid. They should be valued more if they work hard. I’ll appreciate a complete wage rise.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
8 months ago

Educators are skeptical that the projected wage increases for government employees would be enough to offset the high cost of living in the country.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
8 months ago

It is a nice thing if the government increase the salary of the workers the worker will get more money from their salary but due to the inflation and poor economy it will not have good effect if the salary is increase because thing have rise, if the economy can be balance and salary is increase people will benefit and enjoy the increasement

Bola12
Bola12
Member
8 months ago

If the government raises workers’ salaries, they’ll get more money, but if the economy is bad and inflation is high, it won’t help. If the economy improves and salaries grow, people will benefit and appreciate the increase.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
8 months ago

With a deep view in to the matter the teachers who raises the concerns are right. The continuous devalue of Naira has make all the increments a useless strategy unless effective measures are taken.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
8 months ago

Unless the government address major issues after this nation salary increments will not resolve it. It will only result into more inflation in the country. Why won’t people Japa from this nation when things like basic amenities are not readily available.

theApr
theApr
Member
8 months ago

Some teachers are apprehensive that the federal government’s proposed new compensation increases for public employees may not be the perfect solution to the rising cost of living in the nation, which has caused alarm.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
Member
8 months ago

The Government should make available abundant food, basic amenities like good roads, steady electricity(not estimated bills), security etc. Increasing the teacher’s salary will not solve the inflation challenge.It will only worsen the situations and compound the teachers problems.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
8 months ago

For individuals in the middle and lower levels, Abiola claims that wage increases are frequently based solely on basic pay, with no consideration given to changes in the value of the naira.