Minimum wage: Reps pass new minimum wage bill for second reading
Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday passed the new National Minimum Wage bill for a second reading, shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari transmitted the draft legislation to the lawmakers.
The president’s letter, read to the lawmakers by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, urged the amendment of the National Minimum Wage Amendment Act 2011 to raise the minimum wage from N18,000 to N27,000.
A tripartite committee set up by the government recommended N30,000, but the National Council of States on Tuesday accepted that figure for federal staff and recommended N27,000 for state and private sector workers.
The Nigeria Labour Congress rejected the N27,000, insisting on N30,000 for all workers.
The bill passed the first and second readings at the Senate on Thursday, hours after Mr Buhari sent the draft legislation to the lawmakers.
The executive bill initiated by the Executive arm was presented by the Deputy Majority Leader, Idris Wase (APC-Plateau).
Contributing to the bill, Edward Pwajok (PDP-Plateau) commended the leadership and members of the house for turning out to deal with the issue of minimum wage.
He said that section 3 of the bill states that no employer of labour shall pay less than N27,000 to workers.
The lawmaker said there would be sanctions for disobedience on the part of any employer and that affected workers could approach the National Industrial Court.
Mr Pwajok, however, explained that employers with less than 25 workers were exempted from complying with the new minimum wage bill when passed into law.