The Nigerian Senate has acceded to the demands made by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and approved N30,000 as the new minimum wage for workers.
The upper chamber on Tuesday passed the report of the Ad-hoc Committee on the National Minimum Wage Act CAP N61 LFN (repeal and re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 722).
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki speaking on the passage of the bill, said;
“Let me join our colleagues to commend the efforts of the committee. More importantly, let me commend the patience of Nigerian workers and the leadership of the Labour Union, who have over the years been calling for this minimum wage and have carried their efforts responsibly.
“I want to commend the leaders of the organizations of the union. Let me also state that as government, we should ensure that at times like these, we should not wait for there to be strikes to do what is truly deserving for our workers. “I hope that with this minimum wage our workers will double their efforts to increase their productivity so that we can also improve the general productivity of the country. It is my hope that the implementation of this will start immediately”.