President Buhari finally signs Minimum Wage Bill into law
President Muhammadu Buhari has finally signed the National Minimum Wage Bill into law. The new national minimum wage had earlier been passed by the National Assembly. Last week, Nigerian workers pleaded with the President to sign the bill.
Workers in the Federal Capital Territory have begged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the minimum wage bill submitted to him by the National Assembly since March 27.
Some of the workers who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja expressed concerns over the delay in signing the bill into law, adding that it was causing unnecessary anxiety.
A civil servant based in Abuja, Mrs. Kema Nwokedi, said the work of the tripartite committee should be completed by the President.
She asked the President to sign the bill, which was passed expeditiously by the two chambers of the National Assembly to cushion the effects of the economic hardship on workers.
Nwokedi called on Buhari to make the signing of the bill an Easter gift for Nigerian workers to make them happy.
Another civil servant, Mr. Abdullahi Sani, urged the President to assuage the feelings of Nigerian workers by signing the bill into law before May 1.
Also, Mrs. Dayo Adedayo of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, said that signing the bill immediately would go a long way to help workers.
Adedayo said that the delay was causing untold hardship, as the salaries workers currently receive could no longer take care of their legitimate needs.
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the bill approving N30,000 as the new national minimum wage into law.
The billed was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly before the general election, the House of Representatives in January and the Senate in March.
However, presidential assent was still outstanding, prompting the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to give Buhari until May 1 to complete the signing.