Reps pass National Minimum Wage Bill

Ismaila Sanni
Ismaila Sanni
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The House of Representatives has passed the National Minimum Wage Bill, leaving it at N30,000.

The bill was passed at the plenary on Tuesday after the legislators considered the report of the ad-hoc committee set up to work on it.

The bill was passed to the National Assembly for approval by President Muhammadu Buhari after the Council of State meeting, last week, approved the increase of the wage to N27,000.

However, the legislators left the bill at N30,000 as recommended by the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government on the new minimum wage.

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The bill has passed the Second Reading at the Senate.

It would be recalled that the new national minimum wage has been a source of controversy.

While the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has insisted that the N30,000 recommended by the tripartite committee set up on the minimum wage should be approved, governors of the states of the federation have declared that they did not have the means to pay it.

Even when the Council of State gave approval to N27,000 as forwarded to the National Assembly, Nigerian workers threatened to contest it.

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