Some civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have commended the Federal Government over the payment of the 40 per cent peculiar allowance together with the April salary.
Some of them who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, described the payment as timely.
Mrs Agnes Iguben, a civil servant, said she was surprised to see an increase when she received her salary for April. She said the money would go a long way in meeting her family needs throughout the month.
Another civil servant, Mrs Ngozi Ebe, advised fellow workers to spend wisely as the money was meant to cushion the effect of the proposed subsidy removal.
”In case you received arrears of payments, please do not spend all in case fuel subsidy is removed from the month of June,” she said.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that earlier in March, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, disclosed that the Federal Government had approved a pay rise for civil servants in the country.
He said that the pay rise had been included in the 2023 budget, noting that it would take effect from Jan. 1.
Ngige described the pay rise as a peculiar allowance for civil servants in view of the current economic reality.
He said it was meant to help government workers to cushion the effects of rising inflation, rising cost of living, hikes in transportation fare, housing and electricity tariffs.