FG to develop productivity-led wage soon – Mustapha  

The federal government is set to develop a productivity-led wage system that will ensure only those that are productive are rewarded.

Director General of the National Productivity Centre (NPC), Dr. Nasir Raji-Mustapha who made this known during an interactive session with Labour Correspondents in Abuja, said such system will increase productivity at the work place. 

According to him, the Centre is collaborating with a number of international agencies and organisations to ensure that productivity and skills of Nigerian workers are greatly improved to impact positively on the economy.

The DG further described productivity as key factor in the growth of the country’s economy.

“We are in the process of developing a productivity-led wage system that will ensure that those who are productive are rewarded for their effort irrespective of their grade level. 

“Under the proposed system, employees on the same salary scale can earn different wages,” he said. 

On whether the new proposal on a Productivity-led Wage System is having the support and input of organised labour, he said, “Of course, Labour as a critical stakeholder is being carried along in this exercise. As researchers, we don’t just do things without considering the recipient of the report.” 

When we started the project about three or four years ago, we held a stakeholders forum which the labour unions participated. We even went further to send memo to NLC and TUC to ask them whether they will support the proposed Wage System and they said they will welcome it.

He said that report for the first phase of the study is already, adding that the next stage will be to engage various stakeholders to consider and make input before finally presenting it to the federal government it’s consideration and possible adoption.

The DG also said the Centre has done in the area of productivity promotion and advocacy for youths, especially the youth corps members at the NYSC camps, adding NPC has resurcitated preaching and    promoting productivity at the NYSC camps.

 According to him, NPC has improved on its innovative productivity lecture series for the Ministries and Departments and Agencies.

The DG added that NPC has widened its scope of collaboration between it and international agencies such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), Japanese international Cooperation Agency (JACA), Africa Productivity Association and Asia Productivity Association. 

The DG used the opportunity to give highlights of a Two-Day Productivity Summit which is beginning today in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“The summit is very important because in today’s rapidly evolving global landscape, you will agree with me that there is need for increased productivity. 

“We must harness the power of science, technology and innovation and to use them to optimize the resources in the country,” he said.