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Senate Suspends Rules, Passes Minimum Wage Bill To 2nd Reading

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Senate on Thursday suspended standing order passed minimum wage bill into second reading.

The Bill, which was transmitted to the National Assembly on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, by President Muhammadu Buhari, prescribed 27,000 as the minimum wage.

The decision of the senate to suspend rules is as a result to give the bill accelerated consideration.

The bill has been referred to Senate Ad-hoc committee on minimum wage.

During the plenary, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu clarified that President Buhari, did not specify a separate minimum wage for federal workers in the new bill he forwarded to the federal parliament on Wednesday evening.

He said Buhari did not include a separate amount payable by the Federal Government to its workers.

The labour and the government had agreed after series of dialogues, signed a pact approving N30, 000 as minimum wage payable to the federal workers while states and private sector workers are expected to receive N27, 000.

But Ekweremadu urged the members of the newly inaugurated senate panel to look into the issue as well as the exemption of workers in smaller establishments with less than 25 staff.

He also challenged members of the ad-hoc committee to critically look into the concerns of some state governments about their capability to pay the N27, 000 minimum wage.

Ekweremadu subsequently named the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, as the chairman of an eight-member ad-hoc committee mandated to work on the bill and make their report available within two weeks.

Other members of the panel are, Senator Abu Ibrahim, who will represent the Senate committee on labour; Senator Shehu Sani, representing the North-West and Senator Sam Egwu, representing the South-East.

The rest are, Senators Suleiman Adokwe (North-Central); Francis Alimikhena (South-South); Solomon Adeola (South-West); and Binta Garba.

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