FG finally transmits new wage bill to National Assembly

A bill on the new National Minimum Wage has been transmitted by the Presidency to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.

The indication emerged last night that National Assembly’s aides of President Buhari, transmitted the bill to the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives.

The bill might be read at the plenary of both chambers of the National Assembly anytime from today.

The transmission of the bill followed pegging of the new national monthly minimum wage a N30,000 for federal civil servants and N27,000 for those on the payroll of the state governments.

The state government had also insisted on N22,500, with some of them saying they are ready to pay N30,000 wage.

Meanwhile, the organized labour said, it will lobby the National Assembly to reject the N27, 000 National Monthly Minimum Wage proposed by the National Council of States for workers on the payroll of the state governments.

Labour and Productivity Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, had promised to send the proposed National Minimum Wage to the National assembly, latest on Thursday for consideration and approval.

But President General of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Kaigama,  speaking on a Rockcity FM programme “day -break show, said the organized labour will shift its struggle for the N30, 000 for  both the Federal and State Governments  workers  to the National Assembly.

Kaigama insists that most of the state governments have the resources to pay the N30,000 minimum wage , except few ones among them, whom he accused of being corrupt and not  doing enough to shore-up the revenue potentials of their respective states.

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