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Nigerian govt committed to redeeming N35,000 wage award promise

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The Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF, Dr Oluwatoyin Madein, says the Federal Government is committed to the prompt payment of the N35,000 wage arrears to government workers.

Madein disclosed this in an interview with newsmen, on Wednesday, in Abuja, saying inadequate revenue and contending government expenditure have resulted in some delay.

According to her, the federal government was initiating moves to mobilize enough revenue to meet its commitment to all Nigerians, including the workers.

“The N35,000 wage award is to go on for six months, until a new national minimum wage is agreed upon, and the government is committed to meeting that obligation.

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“But the limited nature of government revenue and contending issues requiring attention caused some delay. We cannot leave monthly salaries and prioritize the wage award,” she said.

She said that as government revenue continues to improve, it will meet its commitments to all Nigerians, including the workers.

Pmnews.ng reported that President Bola Tinubu had shortly after announcing the removal of the petrol subsidy, promised to give N35,000 wage award to federal government workers.

The idea, Tinubu said, is to help the workers cushion transport costs amid the rising cost of food and other commodities.

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The award was paid only in September and October 2023.

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