OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives today passed for third reading the national minimum wage (amendment) bill and pegged the figure at N30,000 per month as against the N27,000 proposed by the executive for workers in the country.
The passage of the bill followed the consideration of the report by the Yusuf Lasun led ad-hoc committee on national minimum wage which held a public hearing on Monday.
The position of the House on the figure must have been bolstered by the majority of submissions including by the organized private sector which supported the N30,000 figure at the hearing as against the position of the federal government and the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
The hearing was characterized by intermittent heckling of top government functionaries, including the minister of labour and productivity, Chris Ngige and the NGF chairman, Gov. Abdul-azeez Yari of Zamfara State, by the workers who showed up in large numbers.
Speaking on the report on the floor, the ad-hoc committee chairman said one of the recommendation is that the bill be reviewed every five years.
He further noted that if the bill is assented to, it means everybody will be taxed.
A point of order by House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila that the bill when assented to by the president be effective after six months attracted negative reactions from members.
A majority voice vote opposed the point of order by the House leader.