Buhari makes minimum wage legal

Buhari signs new minimum wage bill

The president assented to the bill today.

Presidential Adviser on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang said implementation will start immediately and that the new law affects all workers in the country.

Commenting on the new law, Enang said it has become compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay their workers N30,000.

He made it clear that this excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sail out of jurisdiction; persons who are in other kinds of regulated employments.

“It also gives workers the right if you are compelled by any circumstance to accept salary that is less than N30,000 to sue your employers to recover the balance.

“It authorises the minister of labour and any person nominated by the minister of labour or any person designated by the minister of labour in any ministry, department or agency to on your behalf take action in your name against such employer to recover the balance of wages.

“It also ensures and mandates the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission and the minister of labour to be the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of this law; and this law applies to all agencies and persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The effective date is April 18, 2019 as Mr. President has assented to; it has been assented to and it takes effect today except such other provision as are contained in the Act.”

Enang said the enforcement and the right to start the implementation of the provisions commenced immediately including such steps that would to be taken gradually under the provisions of the Act.

He urged Nigerian workers to celebrate Buhari and support his administration and policies.

The senior special assistant said the administration would come out and march together with workers on May Day.

“Mr. President will celebrate Workers Day and this government will celebrate. This is Mr. President’s action showing the love he has for workers,’’ he said.

The Senate had in March approved N30,000 as national minimum wage for both the federal and state governments.

The approval followed the adoption of the report of the Ad-hoc Committee on the National Minimum Wage chaired by the Deputy Chief Whip, Francis Alimekhena (APC, Edo).

The N30,000 approved by the Senate is N3,000 higher than the N27,000 proposal submitted by the executive in January.

The Senate’s approval followed that of the House of Representatives which equally approved N30,000 as national minimum wage in January.

The Nigeria Labour Congress led the campaign for an upward review of minimum wage from N18,000.

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