President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday signed the N30,000 National Minimum Wage Bill into law.
Senator Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on National Assembly Matters, revealed the development to journalists at the Presidential Villa.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Minimum Wage Repeal 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 a salary that is less than N30,000, to sue your employer to recover the balance and it 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 the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and the minister of 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.”
“The effective date is 18th of April, 2019, as Mr President has assented to it. 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.”
At the signing of the Bill, President Buhari reportedly said that he expects Nigerian workers to be more committed to their jobs following increase in their salaries.
“I expect them (workers) to be more committed to their work at whichever level.
“I will like, with the cooperation of the Nigeria Labour Congress, to look at the economic situation of the country, the population, the poor infrastructure that we are trying to fix in terms of roads, rail and power.
“So, I wish Nigerian workers the best of luck”, he said.