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Fuel Subsidy Review: FG Accelerating Action on Minimum Wage and Palliatives Release

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has reassured its citizens, particularly workers in the public service, that significant progress is being made in the review of the minimum wage and the provision of palliatives to offset the impact of fuel subsidy removal. The government affirms that the committee established to address these critical issues is working diligently and is expected to conclude its task promptly.

In a bid to alleviate concerns among workers, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, and the Accountant General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, gave assurances during a media parley held in Abuja to commemorate the 2023 Civil Service Week.

Addressing the delay in the payment of May and June 2023 salaries, Madein attributed the setback to external challenges beyond the control of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation. However, she emphasized that measures have been put in place to ensure that salaries for July 2023 will be paid promptly and without delay.

On the issue of palliatives for civil servants affected by the fuel subsidy removal, Yemi-Esan confirmed that the committee established to provide relief is actively working on delivering its recommendations. Recognizing that negotiations on the minimum wage may take time, the government is implementing a stop-gap measure to ease the burden faced by workers.

In addition to these efforts, the government is focusing on the digitalization of work processes in the public service. The goal is to achieve full digitization and open government across Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) by 2025. This move is in line with the theme of this year’s Civil Service Week Celebration, “Digitalisation of Work Processes in the Public Service: A Gateway to Efficient Resource Utilization and National Development.”

Furthermore, the government aims to achieve specific targets, including creating a minimum of 50% functional official email addresses within the Service, automating a minimum of 40% of Ministries’ work processes, and ensuring a minimum of 60% access to government services online. The provision of reliable and sustainable power supply is also prioritized to optimize the digitalization policy.

As the government accelerates action on the review of the minimum wage and the release of palliatives, it reaffirms its commitment to the welfare of workers and the overall development of the nation. The efforts to improve the public service through digitalization and efficient resource utilization will undoubtedly lead to a more productive and prosperous Nigeria.