By Richards Adeniyi
The impending transformation of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) into the National Transport Commission (NTC) is set to launch the employees at the agency into a new financial haven with 100 per cent increment in salaries as part of the changes.
Already, the new salary structure has been endorsed by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), with the full approval of the authorizing authorities in the country, a source in the Council has confirmed to a section of the press.
Workers spoken to at the Council on the development, were excited as the new salary package is expected to commence in weeks.
Among the nation’s transport sector parastatals, Shippers’ Council workforce were not enjoying bogus remunerations and allowances compared to sister agencies like the Nigerian Ports Authority and the biggest earners, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
However, in a related development, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Ms. Hadiza Bala- Usman has decried the poor salary scale at the Authority even as she revealed that a Director at NIMASA earns more than NPA’s helmsman.
Hadiza who was speaking during an exclusive chat with some sections of the press revealed that she was taking steps to improve the salary structure at the Authority.
Since the last salary increment was endorsed for NIMASA in 2007, no transport agency has been able to get a better package and the man who championed that effort even as an employee with NPA, Chief Michael Ajayi spoke on this development.
Chief Ajayi who retired as the General Manager, Corporate Communications at NPA, said the proposed increment for Shippers’ Council staff as the agency transforms into NTC was a welcome development even as he anticipated similar moves by NPA to get salary increment.