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22 Nov 2018

House Committee promises speedy passage of minimum wage bill

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 in Abuja.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had, on November 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 lawmaking; pass through the committees at various levels.

”We know how important it is; we know that the workers are desirous of a 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 when, it is sent to us, we will give it an expeditious passage,” he said.



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