The National Salaries, Wages and Income Commission, an agency of the Federal Government, has authorised the payment of a newly agreed percentage increment in remuneration for academic and non-academic personnel at all of its tertiary institutions nationwide.
This is because the junior employees at tertiary institutions received a 25% rise instead of the 23.5% that was previously approved. According to information obtained by MDB, the arrears of the rise from January 2023 will also be paid.
Though nothing was said about the withheld salaries of the academics and non-academics who embarked on strike in 2022, it was learnt that the Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman earlier wrote the Chairman of the NSIWC, Ekpo Nta, to demand the status of the collective.
When asked if polytechnic lecturers were aware of the new development, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Dr. Anderson Ezeibe, informed our correspondent that the union heard of the news and were looking forward to the implementation.
“Definitely, we heard of it and we are looking forward to it. There will be 25% increment for junior lecturers while chief lecturers and professors will benefit from 35% increment,” he said.
A letter was written by the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of the NSIWC, Eyo Nta, which was addressed to the Minister of Education on September 14,2023 shortly before his departure to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
One of the letters tagged “RE: Implementation of the 35% and 23.5% salary increment for staff of tertiary institutions,” reads, “I refer to your letter No. FME/IS/UNI/ASUU/C.I/IT?/90 dated 8th September 2023 in respect of the above-subject. Find attached the circulars pertaining to the four salary structures in the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education for your information (attached).
“The 23.5% earlier reflected in our letter SWC/S/04/S.149/I/59 of 28 July 2022 and stated in paragraph 2 of your letter, has been increased to 25% which accounted for the increased cost implications. This Commission is really pleased with the success your informal discussions have achieved. We shall endeavour to support all your efforts aimed at repositioning the Education Sector. Please accept the assurances of my warm regards.”