The national minimum wage bill has been passed by the House of Representatives after considering the report of its ad hoc committee during plenary on Tuesday, January 29.
The Cable recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari sent the wage bill for consideration following its approval by the national council of state, which approved N27,000 while the federal government said it would increase it to N30,000 for its workers.
gathers that on plenary on Tuesday, January 29, House of Representative members approved N30,000 for both federal and state workers, the amount which had earlier been recommended by the tripartite committee. According to the lawmakers, the bill will be effective the day it is assented to by President Buhari.
Members of both Senate and House of Representatives were present as well as Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, and Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance.
Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, said the “consideration and passage of the bill is exigent because the country is at a brink of a national industrial crisis”s.
It was reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday, January 28, in Abuja, pleaded for N30,000 as minimum wage for Nigerian workers in a public hearing on the bill.
The NLC had rejected the N27,000 proposed by the government as the new minimum wage. The NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, told leaders and members of the National Assembly present that N30,000 was what NLC had canvassed for and reached a compromise.
Wabba said NLC accepted the figure because it was reasonable enough to see the challenge at the negotiating table. He said NLC had discussed with 30 state governors and they had all agreed to pay the N30,000. The NLC president said: “We have considered all factors and we are pleading with the House, governors and our leaders that N30,000 is a compromised position, that all of us will work together to build our country.”.