President Bola Tinubu has announced a temporary relief measure for junior federal workers in the wake of the fuel subsidy removal that has sparked protests and inflation across the country. In his Independence Day speech on Sunday, October 1, 2023, Tinubu said that all low-grade workers in the federal civil service would receive an additional N25,000 per month for the next six months.
The president said that the provisional wage increment was a result of negotiations with labour, business, and other stakeholders to enhance the federal minimum wage without causing undue inflation.
Tinubu said that he was not happy to see Nigerians shouldering burdens that should have been shed years ago, but he urged them to endure the trying moment. He said that the subsidy removal was aimed at breaking the grip of a select and greedy few who had been exploiting the nation’s resources for their own benefit.
The president also outlined other measures that his government had taken to relieve the stress on families and households, such as public sector reforms, fiscal and monetary policies, infrastructure support funds for states, and the deployment of cheaper and safer compressed natural gas buses across the nation.