The Muhammadu Buhari-led government has hinted that it is planning a possible salary increase for federal workers across the country.
President Buhari gave the hint on Thursday at the inauguration of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP) and cultural change video in Abuja.
The President, who is in Rwanda attending the ongoing 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, was represented by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello.
Bello quoted the President as saying that a committee has been set up to harmonise salaries as part of measures at encouraging deserving workers.
He, however, urged the workers to exercise patience and continue to give their best services to sustain the good working relationship between the political office holders and the civil servants.
“In spite of the difficult economic situation the country is passing through at the moment, you have continued to support the government in our efforts to bring dividends of democracy to the populace.
“Accordingly, it is my hope that the outcome of the committee’s work will provide the impetus for an upward review of the salaries of deserving civil servants, having recently increased the duty tour allowance (DTA) of all civil servants as a starting point.
“As this process is still going on, I want to encourage you to be patient with us as you continue to give your best services to enable us to sustain the good working relationship between the political office holders and the civil servants.
“With sustained understanding and cooperation, we will together contribute our quota to the development of our country, and our efforts will not be in vain,” Buhari said.
Present at the event was the Head of the Civil Service, Folasade Yemi-Esan, Heads of agencies and parastatals, Directors of Ministries and other notable Nigerians.