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New Minimum Wage: National Assembly Opens Up On Its Plan

Posted by on November 22nd, 2018



The House of Representatives Committee on
Labour, Employment and Productivity, on
Thursday, said the National Assembly would
give the minimum wage bill accelerated hearing
and passage.
The Chairman of the committee, Rep Ezenwa
Onyewuchi, made the remark in an interview with
the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari
had, on Nov. 27, 2017, set up a 30-man
National Minimum Wage Committee headed by
former Head of Service of the Federation, Ms.
Amal Pepple.
The committee had recommended a N30, 000
minimum wage for workers but the governors,
who argued that they were not carried along,
insisted it would be impossible for them to
implement without reducing their workforce.
Onyewuchi, who represents Owerri Municipal/
North/West Federal Constituency of Imo State,
said when the minimum wage amendment bill is
sent to them by President Buhari, the National
Assembly would do the needful.
”For us, we have to wait here until the president
sends in the amendment bill, it will go through
the rudiment of law making; pass through the
committees at various levels.
”We know how important it is; we know that the
workers are desirous of wage increase,
especially the minimum wage, which for me as
a committee chairman, I consider it important,”
he said.
The lawmaker said although the bill would not
negate the normal legislative scrutiny, he assured
that it would be given an expeditious passage.
”And for me, we want a living wage, a wage the
workers can live on.
”And essentially, I am in support of it because if
you look at it on the last May Day, I was the
person that moved the motion on the floor of
the House on this same issue of wage increase
and minimum wage adjustment.
”So, I think for me, there is need to take a
second look at the minimum wage and by the
time it is sent to us, we will give it an
expeditious passage,” he said.
On the December deadline given to the Federal
Government to complete all negotiations,
Onyewuchi said ”since the constitution makes
provision for amendment to the Minimum Wage
Act, at the end of the day, we will find a
common ground to agree on a minimum wage
for the country.
”But at the moment, the issue is still with the
tripartite committee. I have been briefed by the
Ministry of Labour and there seems to be some
levels of disagreement.
”So I do not expect it will be a one-way thing. It
is a process; the process has started,”
Onyewuchi said. (NAN).


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