By David Olalekan.
Following agitations by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) demanding a review of their salaries, the Federal Government through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) yesterday, told all the ministries to hold their demands.
The NSIWC explained that in view of the issues surrounding the national minimum wage and the adjustments which are being contemplated, all requests for salary reviews should be halted until the issue of minimum wage is settled,
The NSIWC Chairman Dr. Richard Onwuka Egbule made the call when visited by the delegation of the National Environmental Standard and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA) led by its Director General, Prof. Aliyu Jauro.
Dr. Egbule was quoted as saying, “a committee to work out the consequential adjustment on salaries in the public service as a result of the minimum wage has been inaugurated by the Federal Government.”
Recall that the Director General of NESREA, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, had earlier expressed displeasure over the sudden removal of some allowances being enjoyed by the agencies by the IPPIS.
He lamented that the agency had written to the IPPIS for the restoration of the allowances but all efforts proved abortive.
The NSIWC Chairman, Dr.Egbule also expressed worries that “some boards of agencies unilaterally reviewed salaries of their agencies without consulting NSIWC.” He further declared that “the actions were inappropriate and would not be condoned by IPPIS.”