National Assembly begin new National Minimum Wage bill consideration

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National Minimum Wage

House of Representatives has faulted the provisions of N27, 000 National Minimum Wage in the wage bill forwarded to it by the Presidency for consideration.

The house said it may adopt N30, 000 wage recommended by the tripartite committee in a report submitted to President Buhari.

The Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, after the wage bill passed through the first reading, said the N30, 000 wage which the National Council of States approved for federal workers was not reflected in the bill sent to the National Assembly.

Dogara orders the bill to be gazetted and set for second reading, after which it will be referred to the ad-hoc committee which is expected to conduct a public hearing on the bill on Monday, next week.

He said that the bill will be passed on Tuesday, next week.

Also, the senate has begun consideration of the new National Minimum Wage bill.

The consideration of the bill began hours after the Presidency transmitted the bill to the leadership of the National Assembly titled: “National Minimum Wage bill of 2019.”

The bill on Wednesday passed first and second reading in the senate.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said the bill only provides N27, 000 National Minimum Wage for all the federal and state civil servants.

He explained that there is no provision for N30, 000 wage for federal workers as announced at the end of the last Tuesday’s meeting of the National Council of States.

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A special ad-hoc panel has been set up by the senate to work on the bill, ahead of its third reading.

The panel is directed to report back to the senate plenary within the next two weeks.

Ekweremadu said it is the first time that the eight senate will suspend its rule to give the first reading and second reading of a bill forwarded to it by the Presidency.

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