Senate Reconstitutes Minimum Wage Committee


The Senate, yesterday appointed Senate Deputy Majority Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena as Acting Chairman of the Adhoc Committee on Minimum Wage.
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who made the announcement at plenary, yesterday said Alimikhena would work in acting capacity while the Chairman, Sen. Olusola Adeyeye was away on health grounds.
Saraki charged the committee to expedite action on the matter to enable the senate to be able to catch up with the House of Representatives which had already passed the bill through third reading.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu had on January. 24, appointed the Chief Whip of the Senate, Olusola Adeyeye as Chairman of an eight-member ad-hoc committee mandated to work on the minimum wage bill.
The members of the adhoc committee are: Sen. Abu Ibrahim (APC-Katsina State); Sen. Shehu Sani(PRP-Kaduna State) and Sen. Sam Egwu (PDP-Ebonyi).
Others are: Sen. Suleiman Adokwe (PDP-Nasarawa State); Sen. Francis Alimikhena(APC-Edo); Sen. Solomon Adeola (APC-Lagos State) and Binta Garba(APC-Adamawa).
The House of Representatives had on Jan. 29 approved N30,000 as minimum wage for workers in the public and private sectors.
The lower chamber increased the threshold for public and private sectors workers in states and local governments from N27,000 as proposed in the National Minimum Wage Act Amendment Bill to N30,000.
Meanwhile, the Senate, yesterday adjourned plenary till Wednesday over the death of a member of House of Representatives, Mr Temitope Olatoye, representing Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency of Oyo.
This was sequel to a Point of Order by the Senate Leader, Sen. Ahmad Lawan at the plenary.
Lawan had urged the senate to suspend Tuesday’s plenary as a result of the demise of the lawmaker.
Coming under Order 43, he said as part of the National Assembly’s tradition, it was important to suspend legislative activities as a mark of respect.
“You will recall that Hon. Temitope Olatoye died during the elections and I hereby move a motion for adjournment till today,” he said.
The Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi seconded the motion.
Meanwhile, a minute silence was observed in honour of the deceased.
President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased adjourned plenary till today.
Olatoye, popularly known as ‘Sugar” was reportedly shot dead by unknown gunmen on March 9, after which he was rushed to UCH Ibadan, where he died.
The senate had adjourned on Jan. 26 to enable lawmakers vote in the Governorship and House of Assembly Elections of March 9.