Minimum Wage: FCTA commences payment, clears arrears

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja.

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The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced payment of the new National Minimum Wage of Thirty Thousand Naira (N30,000) to staff of the FCT Administration.

Minister of the FCT, Malam Mohammed Musa Bello, has also cleared the N4 billion arrears of the minimum wage from April 2019.

The Director, FCT Treasury Department, Ismaila Ishiaku, gave this hint while speaking with journalists in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Director, who said January salaries will hit the accounts of workers this week, noted that the move by the FCT administration to pay minimum wage arrears at once, was to enable workers start the year on a financially stable note.

“The minimum wage was to start, effective from April 2019, but its implementation began in December, and because the directive from the federal government came after we in the FCT had already paid the December salary (because we pay very early), we calculated arrears in the second week of January. We calculated the arrears from April to December. 

“… So, we have paid the minimum wage from April to December last year, because the effective date for the new Minimum Wage based on the agreement with Labour was April 2019.

“The arrears we cleared was about N4 billion. Now, we have also prepared the January salary with the minimum wage.

“So, FCT is on the move. There is no issue of backlog and the payment was not in instalments. We paid everything at once,  he said.

While calling on workers to re-double their efforts in the discharge of their duties, the director assured civil servants in the FCTA of the minister’s commitment to the prompt payment of salaries and other welfare packages due them.

Amaka E. Nliam