OrderPaperToday – President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded a new national minimum wage bill to the Senate.

In a letter that was read today by the presiding officer and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Buhari noted that the new national minimum wage of N27,000 is targeted at the lowest paid Nigerian workers.

According to the letter, “this new bill and the amendments contained therein were arrived at after consultations by the tripartite committee on National Minimum Wage which was constituted by me in November 2017 to consider, make recommendations and advice the government on this issue.

“The tripartite committee comprised representatives of the Federal Government, Governors’ forum, organised private sector and organised federations of trade unions in Nigeria. The Federal Executive Council, National Economic Council, and National Council of States have all noted and approved this recommended amendment.”

Other highlights of the National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill include:

  1. Exemptions for establishments employing less than 25 persons.
  2. Five years review period of the Act in consonance with the constitutional review period for pensions.
  3. Alterations in the amount of fines payable by defaulters on persecution.
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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank. Also, his writing on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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