Senate: New minimum wage Amendment bill passes second reading

In commencement of the debate on new National minimum wage Amendment bill, of N27,000, the bill has passed through the second reading by the Senate. 

The plenary which was presided over by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Thursday, in Abuja.

The lawmakers passed the bill, after it has passed first and second reading simultaneously.

The lawmakers supported the bill, in their debate today, the expressed confidence, that it will improve the standard of living for employees in the country.

They beckoned on State Government to look inward on ways to actualise the new minimum wage by cutting back on various expenses which are not necessary and look for ways to improve their revenue generation.

During the plenary, Senator Ike Ekweremadu disclosed that contrary to reports, the minimum wage proposal sent to the National Assembly was N27,000 for both Federal and state workers.

Senator Ekweremadu, however, faulted the part of the proposal which exempted organisations which employ less than 25 people from paying the new minimum wage.

He reprobated that the exemption would exclude many low-income earners who work in small organisations from benefitting from the new minimum wage.

The lawmaker said, “If this does not affect these people, it means a whole number of people are left outside the minimum wage and that is not right.

“In most countries, the minimum wage applies to all workers, regardless of the number of people in the establishment”.

In view of other issues which were left out of the minimum wage, will be addressed by an ad-hoc committee chaired by Senator Olusola Adeyeye, this was made known by Senator Ekweremadu.

Others members of the committee includes ; senators Abu Ibrahim, Shehu Sani, Sam Egwu, Suleiman Adokwe, Francis Alimikhena, and Binta Garba.

The committee was asked to report to the Senate within two weeks.

 

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