Nigerian Senate approves N30,000 minimum wage

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday has approved N30, 000 as minimum wage for workers in Nigeria.

The National Minimum Wage Act will become effective after president, Muhammadu Buhari,signs it into law.

The chairman of the ad-hoc committee set up to review the bill, Senator Francis Alimikhena, presented a report on Tuesday plenary recommending that N30, 000 be approved as minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

It also recommended that the federal government put in place a procedure to review revenue sharing formula to enhance state capabilities towards implementation of the new wage.

The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan,said, “We do not have to wait until we are threatened with strike before we take action”, adding that “The Nigerian workers must show that the government is paying them and they are paying the government in service.”

The Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, urged the federal government to pay more attention to the revenue sharing formula to lawfully enforce compliance by state governments. She said,”what we have done is to give the people a minimum wage. It is not worth it if the states are unable to pay the minimum wage.”

Speaking on the passage of the Bill, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki said, “Let me join our colleagues to commend the efforts of the committee. More importantly, let me commend the patience of Nigerian workers and the leadership of the Labour Union, who have over the years been calling for this minimum wage and have carried their efforts responsibly.

“I want to commend the leaders of the organisations of the union. Let me also state that as government, we should ensure that at times like these, we should not wait for there to be strikes to do what is truly deserving for our workers.

“I hope that with this minimum wage our workers will double their efforts to increase their productivity, so that we can also improve the general productivity of the country. It is my hope that the implementation of this will start immediately,” the Senate President said.