Senate Committee concur with Reps, approves N30,000 minimum wage – Independent Observers

Senate Committee concur with Reps, approves N30,000 minimum wage

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By Danladi Alhassan

The Senate Adhoc Committee on a New National Minimum Wage Bill, 2019, has agreed with the House of Representatives, and is recommending N30,000 as the accepted minimum wage for the Nigerian workers.

The committee was reconstituted this week, following the absence of the Chairman, Senator Olusola Adeyeye. The Committee, which is now chaired by Senator Francis Alimikhena, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, at its meeting concurred with the members of the House of Representatives that had earlier passed the bill while adopting N30,000 as the new minimum wage as against N22,000 proposed by the Executive.

At the meeting, all members supported the N30,000 threshold and also agreed with the issues raised in the bill.

The Senators also agreed on very stiff punishment for civil servants who do not go to work while placing a fine of N75,000 on such erring civil servant.

The Committee is set to present its report to the Senate at Plenary next week Tuesday.

The initial 8-man committee was set up on January 24 this year to look at the New Minimum Wage bill after scaling second reading. It had Adeyeye, Majority Chief Whip; Alimikhena, Edo representing the South South; Senator Abu Ibrahim, Chairman, Senate Committee on Labour; Senator Shehu Sani, Kaduna representing the North West; Senator Sam Egwu, Ebonyi representing South East; Senator Suleiman Adokwe, Nasarawa, North Central) ; Solomon Adeola, Lagos, representing South West and Senator Binta Masi Garba, Adamawa, representing North East.

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