Reps to pass minimum wage bill this week

OrderPaperToday -The House of Representatives will this week pass the national minimum wage (amendment) bill.

This is according to sources within the National Assembly. The green chamber already passed the bill through first and second reading on Thursday, and the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara assured Nigerians that the House unlike the Senate will not adjourn plenary until the bill is passed.

The passage of the bill is one of the items captured in the OrderPaperNG LIFE (Legislative Intelligence Forecast Entry) Service published earlier this morning.

An ad-hoc committee chaired by the deputy speaker of the House, Lasun Yusuf, is currently conducting public hearing on bill.

The President, in line with the recommendation of the National Council of State is proposing N27,000, while most members who spoke on the bill during the debate, are canvassing for N30,000.

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is also canvassing for the N30,000 members are canvassing for.

Speaker Dogara on Thursday stated that the bill will be scheduled for consideration in the committee of the whole and subsequently passed at third reading. 

The Senate has also passed the bill through second reading and already referred to a committee chaired by Prof. Soji Adeyeye (APC, Osun). If the versions passed by the two chambers are different, a joint committee will be set up for harmonization. 

Although the Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, however the crisis with the judiciary may take the entire attention of the red chamber.

Meanwhile, many are concerned that the recent crisis surrounding the embattled Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen, could derail the passage of the bill, following accusation of plot to arrest the leadership of the National Assembly by Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

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