FG plans performance-based salary scheme for workers

In a bid to revamp the civil service, the Federal Government is gearing up to introduce a new wage system centered around employees’ productivity. This system aims to ensure fair compensation for workers based on their individual contributions.

 FG plans performance-based salary scheme for workers

Government’s Perspective:

The Federal Government recently announced plans for a performance-based salary scheme within the civil service. According to officials, this initiative seeks to reward employees based on their productivity rather than adhering strictly to traditional grade levels.

Nasir Raji-Mustapha, the Director-General of the National Productivity Centre, shed light on this development during a meeting with Labour correspondents. He emphasized the importance of productivity in driving economic growth and stated the government’s commitment to fostering a culture of meritocracy.

Raji-Mustapha explained, “We are in the process of developing a productivity-led wage system that will ensure that those who are productive are rewarded for their efforts, irrespective of their grade level. Under the proposed system, employees on the same salary scale can earn different wages.”

Involvement of Labour:

Acknowledging the significance of input from labour unions, Raji-Mustapha highlighted their involvement in the decision-making process. He noted that the proposal had been presented to various labour organizations, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), who expressed support for the initiative.

“As researchers, we don’t just do things without considering the recipient of the reports,” Raji-Mustapha remarked. “We held a stakeholders’ forum in which the labour unions participated. We even went further to send a memo to the NLC and TUC to ask them whether they will support the proposed wage system and they said they would welcome it.”

Implementation Plan:

The National Productivity Centre has completed the first phase of the study and is now preparing to engage stakeholders for further input. Raji-Mustapha emphasized the collaborative efforts with international agencies and organizations to enhance the productivity and skills of Nigerian workers.

He highlighted partnerships with esteemed institutions such as the International Labour Organization, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, Africa Productivity Association, and Asia Productivity Association. These collaborations aim to equip Nigerian workers with the necessary skills to thrive in today’s competitive global market.

National Productivity Summit:

As part of its ongoing efforts, the National Productivity Centre is hosting a two-day National Productivity Summit in Abuja. The summit, featuring Vice President Kashim Shettima as the keynote speaker, serves as a platform to discuss strategies for enhancing productivity across various sectors.

In summary, the Federal Government’s proposal for a performance-based salary scheme reflects its commitment to promoting meritocracy and rewarding productivity within the civil service. By engaging stakeholders and leveraging international partnerships, Nigeria aims to foster a more efficient and competitive workforce capable of driving sustainable economic growth.

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