Buhari Signs N30,000 Minimum Wage Bill Into Law …Implementation Takes Immediate Effect Saraki, Sani Hail Action

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President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, signed the National Minimum Wage Bill into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, signed the National Minimum Wage Bill into law.
Explaining the details of the law, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, said it was compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay their workers the sum of N30,000, adding that this excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sail out of the jurisdiction; persons who are in other kinds of regulated employments are excepted by the Act.
Enang, who disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja said that the Minimum Wage Repeal and Enactment Act, 2019 has replaced the existing one.
The Senate had on March 19, approved N30, 000 as the new national minimum wage with an appeal to the Federal Government to expedite action on assent and implementation.
The House of Representatives had earlier passed the bill before the National Assembly shut down its operations to enable lawmakers to participate in the 2019 general elections.
The President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, had last Saturday given May 1 as the deadline for the President to sign the new minimum wage.
Enang said, “It also gives the workers the right if you are compelled by any circumstance to accepting a salary that is less than 30,000 for you to sue your employers to recover the balance.
“It authorises the Minister of Labour and any person nominated by the minister of labour or any person designated by the minister of labour in any ministry, department or agency to on your behalf take action in your name against such employer to recover the balance of wages.
“It also ensures and mandates the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission and the minister of labour to be the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of this law; and this law applies to all agencies and persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The effective date is April 18, 2019, as Mr President has assented to; it has been assented to and it takes effect today except for such other provision as are contained in the Act.”
Enang said that the enforcement and the right to start the implementation of the provisions commenced immediately including such steps that would be taken gradually under the provisions of the Act.
He urged Nigerian workers to celebrate President Buhari and support his administration and policies.
The senior special assistant said that the administration would come out and march together with Nigerian workers and Workers Day.
“Mr President will celebrate with workers and the Federal Government will celebrate. This is Mr. President showing workers the love he has for them and we will march with the Nigerian workers.”
Asked if the new minimum wage covers the National Youth Service Corps, Enang said, “It covers all persons covered by the Act.”
However, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has reacted as President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-enactment Bill, 2019 into law.
Reacting, Saraki on Twitter, while congratulating Nigerians, said the reviewed wage, which is aimed at increasing the productivity of Nigerian workers, is a good step in the right direction.
He said, “I congratulate Nigerian workers on the assent of the N30,000 minimum wage into law.
“This reviewed wage, which is aimed at increasing the productivity of Nigerian workers, is a good step in the right direction for our nation’s workforce — who are the lifeblood of our dear country.”
Also, the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, reacted as President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-enactment Bill, 2019 into law.
Sani on his Twitter page said Nigerians have won the fight for Minimum Wage.
He wrote: “On the first half of the match, the people scored a goal with the new minimum wage; on the second half, we must strengthen our defence to avert an equalizer through new pump price and a decider through VAT.”
Also, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the assent given to the new minimum wage bill.
In a telephone interview with our correspondent yesterday evening the Head of Information and Publicity, Benson Ukpah, said that labour expects the implementation of the new minimum wage to commence immediately.
“We are delighted by the signing of the new minimum wage Act by the president. We commend him for it and call for the immediate implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage considering that the matter has been pending for so long.
“We urge various governments and employers of labour to commence immediate implementation with arrears, “ he said.