In a much-anticipated move, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given the green light for a substantial salary increase for staff working in federal tertiary institutions across Nigeria. This welcome decision, set to take effect from the beginning of the new year, 2024, is poised to make a significant impact on the lives of thousands of dedicated employees within the country’s higher education sector.
The announcement of this significant pay raise comes as a result of deliberations within the Presidential Committee on Salaries, during its 13th meeting. The decision was subsequently communicated via an official memo distributed by the office of the Auditor-General to Directors of Audit, Heads of Department, Heads of Units, and All Staff within federal tertiary institutions.
President Tinubu’s approval covers a wide spectrum of salary structures, each tailored to cater to the specific needs of different categories of staff within these institutions.
1. Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Salary Structure (CONPCASS): This particular structure addresses the salary increment for academic staff members of Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education. It underscores the importance of recognizing the pivotal role educators play in shaping the future of the nation.
2. Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure II (CONTISS II): Non-academic staff working within Federal Universities will also benefit significantly from this salary adjustment. It acknowledges the tireless efforts and invaluable contributions of non-teaching staff in supporting the academic mission of these institutions.
3. Consolidated Tertiary Education Institutions Salary Structure (CONTEDISS): Non-academic staff members in Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education will see substantial improvements in their compensation packages. This decision aims to enhance job satisfaction and overall well-being.
4. Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure II (CONUASS II): Academic staff members in Federal Universities are not left behind; they will also experience a boost in their earnings. This recognition reflects the importance of nurturing a skilled and motivated academic workforce.
One notable aspect of this announcement is the commitment to addressing arrears. The memo makes it clear that the salary increments will be retroactive to the commencement of 2024, ensuring that employees receive their rightfully earned compensation without delay.
President Tinubu’s decision demonstrates a conscientious approach to improving the welfare of those working within federal tertiary institutions. It takes into account the various stages of collective bargaining that have occurred within different sectors and signifies a commitment to honoring agreements reached between the Federal Ministry of Education and Tertiary Institutions-based Unions.
This historic move is set to have a far-reaching impact on the lives of countless individuals who dedicate themselves to the advancement of education in Nigeria. It aligns with the nation’s goal of fostering a more robust and well-equipped educational system, ultimately benefiting both staff and students alike. The future indeed looks brighter for those who labor tirelessly to nurture the minds of the next generation.
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