Tinubu Approves N35,000 Provisional Wage Award For Workers, Waives VAT On Diesel

By Damilare Adeleye

President Bola Tinubu has approved N35,000 provisional wage award for all treasury-paid federal government workers for six months.

This followed after the Federal Government delegation met with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) earlier on Sunday, October 1st.

It could be recalled that the federal government summoned the meeting to avert the earlier planned nationwide indefinite strike over hardship orchestrated by the removal of fuel subsidy.

At the Sunday’s meeting, the Federal Government pledged its commitment to fast-track the provision of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to ease public transportation difficulties associated with the removal of PMS subsidy.

According to Mallam Mohammed Idris, Minister of Information and National Orientation, the Federal Government also committed to the provision of funds for micro and small-scale enterprises as well as waivers on VAT on diesel for the next 6 months.

Furthermore, the Federal Government announced that it will commence payment of N75,000 to 15 million households at N25,000 per month, for a three-month period from October-December 2023.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government asked the Labour unions not to embark on strike action, noting that the issues in dispute can only be resolved when workers are at work.