Fresh Crisis Hits Nigeria’s New Minimum Wage
There is a report that the agreement reached by the Federal Government and the organised labour to finalise the country’s new minimum wage issue this month may face yet another crisis.
The Punch quoted sources close to the development as saying that the lawmakers plan to go on another recess ahead of the presentation of an executive bill on a new minimum wage by the presidency.
Bear in mind that the government and labour unions had reached an agreement that the Presidency would send the minimum wage bill to the National Assembly after their meetings.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who presided over the meeting, had assured the labour leaders that the Federal Government would send the bill to the National Assembly on January 23, after the lawmakers’ resumption from their Yuletide recess.
However, while the Presidency plans to transmit National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Bill to the National Assembly on January 23, sources in the leadership of the National Assembly were quoted to have said that the lawmakers might go on another recess by January 24.
He said, “The lawmakers will close on that day to allow members to participate in electioneering, ahead of general elections which will begin in February.”
The National Assembly source continued:
“That (January) 23 they said they would transmit the bill to the National Assembly, the National Assembly might have embarked on recess again for the elections. And they know that the lawmakers will not resume until after the elections. They know what they are doing.
“We will go (on recess) between this week and next week. We will go by Thursday (January 24). Our (presidential, Senate and House of Representatives) election is on the 16th (of February), so we have less than one month (to campaign). Why can’t they transmit the bill on Tuesday when we will resume?”