Minimum wage: Buhari sends bill to National Assembly

Minimum wage: Buhari sends bill to National Assembly
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Barely a day after the National Council of State approved N27,000 as the new minimum wage, President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, made this known on Wednesday.

He however did not state the details of the document sent to the Legislature.

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, had on Tuesday expressed its opposition to the approval of N27,000 by the council.

It would be recalled that workers had advocated a N30,000 minimum wage but the governors of the states of the federation insisted that they could not afford to pay the amount.

The governors argued that with N18,000 minimum wage, some state governors could not afford, hence it would be impossible to pay the N30,000 being canvassed.

However, reacting on behalf of the NLC after the decision of the council, its Secretary-General, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, said:  “It is abysmal of government to be delaying the submission of an Executive Bill to the National Assembly and by wrongfully adopting N27,000 through the council of states.”

He said that NLC would meet on Friday over the matter, warning that the government might be inviting the wrath of the Nigerian workers.