FG Plans to Harmonise Salaries, Wages of MDAs, Says Ngige
President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the presidential committee on salaries and wages to review and realign earnings of employees of ministries, agencies, and parastatals.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who disclosed this in an interview at the weekend, said part of the objective is to check disparity in payment of salaries and wages as well as prone the running cost of governance.
He also said the motive of putting together the committee was to address the rising cost of personnel in the budget of the federation.
“The president set up a committee called the presidential committee on salaries and wages last year of which I am a co-chair, it is being chaired by the Minister of Finance and Planning with the Head of Service as a member for us to see how we can address the rising cost of personnel in the budget of the federation. If you look at the 2020 budget cost, about one third is set aside for the running cost; we are talking of about two-third of the budget being consumed by what you call recurrent expenditure,” he said.
Ngige added that the committee had made some suggestions to the federal government on how to fuse some parastatals that are doing the same job