The Federal Government, through the National Salaries, Wages, and Income Commission, has granted approval for a newly increased percentage in salaries for both academic and non-academic staff in all tertiary institutions across the nation, as reported by The Punch.
The increment for junior staff in tertiary institutions has been raised from 23.5 percent, which was reviewed last year, to 25 percent. Additionally, it has been confirmed that arrears from this increment, dating back to January 2023, will also be disbursed.
While there is no official statement regarding the withheld salaries of academics and non-academics who went on strike in 2022, the Newspaper quoted an unnamed source who claimed that the Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, had previously written to the Chairman of the National Salaries, Wages, and Income Commission (NSIWC), Ekpo Nta, seeking clarification on the collective status of these salaries.
Sources within the Ministry of Education have hinted that the minister’s inquiry might have been prompted by visits from academic unions and pressure groups advocating for resolution.
The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Anderson Ezeibe confirmed that the union is aware of the development and is eagerly awaiting its implementation.
He noted that junior lecturers will benefit from a 25 percent increment, while chief lecturers and professors will receive a 35 percent increment.
A letter titled “RE: Implementation of the 35 percent and 23.5 percent Salary Increments for Staff of Tertiary Institutions” stated, “I refer to your letter No. FME/IS/UNI/ASUU/C.I/IT?/90 dated September 8, 2023, in respect of the above subject.
Please find attached the circulars pertaining to the four salary structures in universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education for your information.
“The 23.5% earlier reflected in our letter SWC/S/04/S.149/I/59 of July 28, 2022, as stated in paragraph 2 of your letter, has been increased to 25 percent, which accounted for the increased cost implications.
This commission is really pleased with the success your informal discussions have achieved. We shall endeavor to support all your efforts aimed at repositioning the education sector. Please accept the assurances of my warm regards.”
Subsequently, the commission issued a circular dated September 14, 2023, addressed to the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, among others, conveying the implementation of the revised salaries.
The circular stated, “The Presidential Committee on Salaries, at its 13th meeting, having taken into consideration the various stages of collective bargaining in various sectors, and specifically engagements between the Federal Ministry of Education and tertiary institution-based unions, and consequent upon the Federal Government’s approval, as well as 2023 budgetary provisions, approval is hereby conveyed for the revision of the Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Salary Structure for academic staff of Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, with effect from January 1, 2023.”
Furthermore, a letter from the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, dated September 21, 2023, has confirmed the salary increment.