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At Last, Buhari Assents to N30, 000 National Minimum Wage

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, assented to the N30,000 new National Minimum Wage Bill as approved by the two chambers of the National Assembly recently.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, confirmed this development when he briefed State House correspondents in Abuja.

According to the presidency, the wage increase takes immediate effect but will exclude employers who have less than 25 workers under his or her employ, including persons who work in a ship which sails out of jurisdiction and other persons who are in other kinds of regulated employment which are accepted by the Act.

It also takes effect, despite initial opposition by state governments on their inability to pay, hinging their constraints on poor internally generated revenues.

The eighth Senate and House of Representatives had approved the sum of N30, 000 across board as minimum pay for workers in the civil service.

Enang said signing the new minimum wage by the President had made it compulsory by employers of labour to pay the sum of N30, 000 as minimum wage.

His words, “You can see me smiling on behalf of Nigerian workers. President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Minimum Wage Repel and Enactment Act 2019.”

“This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay to their workers the sum of N30,000. And this excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers, persons who work in a ship which sails out of jurisdiction and other persons who are in other kinds of regulated employment which are accepted by the Act.

“It also gives the workers the right if you are compelled by any circumstance to accept salary that is less than N30,000, to sue your employer to recover the balance and 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 your wages.

“It also ensures and mandates National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and the Minister or Labour, to be the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of this law. And this law applies to all agencies, persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

On when the Act comes into effect, Enang said, “the effective date is 18th of April, 2019, as Mr. President has assented to. It has been assented to today and it takes effect today, except such other provisions as are contained in the Act. But the enforcement and the right to start the implementation of the provisions commences today (Thursday), including such steps that are to be taken gradually under the provisions of the Act.”

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