Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law, the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Act, 2019.
This was Disclosed to State House correspondents on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital. By The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.
As Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters – Senate, I confirm this development when I briefed State House correspondents in Abuja on Thursday.
Senator Ita Enang @SenItaEnang
According to him, the Act makes it compulsory for all employers across the country to pay workers a minimum of N30,000. So therefore by this act, the new minimum wage is now N30,000.
The President assented to the Act on Thursday in Abuja, mandating all employers of labour across the country to pay workers a minimum of N30,000 monthly wage.
The National Assembly had submitted the minimum wage bill to the President since March 27.
The bill approving N30,000 as the new national minimum wage was passed by both chambers of National Assembly before they went on break for the 2019 general elections.
Earlier in the week, workers in the Federal Capital Territory had begged the President to sign the minimum wage bill.
Some of the workers had expressed concerns over the delay in signing the bill into law, adding that it was causing them unnecessary anxiety.
The N30,000 new National Minimum Wage Bill was approved by the two chambers of the National Assembly.
Recall that the Senate in March approved the sum of N30,000 as national minimum wage for both the federal and state governments.
The approval followed the adoption of the report of the adhoc committee on the National Minimum Wage chaired Deputy Chief Whip Francis Alimekhena (APC, Edo).
The N30,000 approved by the Senate is N3,000 higher than the N27,000 proposal submitted by the Executive arm in January.
The Senate approval followed that of the House of Representatives, which equally approved N30,000 as national minimum wage in January.