By Henry Umoru
ABUJA – THERE are strong indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may not receive as quickly and fast, the report of the decisions of both the Senate and the House of Representatives on the approved sum of N30,000 as the accepted minimum wage for the Nigerian workers following the prevailing economic realities of the country as against the N27,000 proposed by the Federal Government.
Vanguard gathered that delay in the presentation of the report to the Executive by the National Assembly may not be unconnected with the fact that both the Senate and the House of Representatives will need to agree on some grey areas.
Also, it was further gathered that it has become imperative that both chambers will have a conference to address the issue of difference in the number of clauses.
While the Senate dealt with eighteen clauses, the House of Representatives addressed nineteen clauses which explains why there must be a conference.
Though, both chambers had differently approved the sum of N30,000 as the new minimum wage for the workers, the difference in the number of clauses would make them have a conference.
Against the backdrop that the Senate and the House of Representatives, last week adjourned plenary till April 2nd to enable the lawmakers attend to the budget defence process, the Minimum wage report will wait till they resume plenary.
It would be recalled that the Senate had on Tuesday, March 19, after considering the report by the Chairman of the Senate Adhoc Committee on a New National Minimum Wage Bill, 2019 and the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Francis Alimikhena, All Progressives Congress, APC, Edo North, concurred with the House of Representatives, approving a total sum of N30,000 as the accepted minimum wage for the Nigerian workers following the prevailing economic realities of the country.
After the Senate had dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause by clause consideration of the report of the Ad-hoc Committee on the National Minimum Wage on the National Minimum Wage Act CAP N61 LFN (repeal and re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 722), it then reverted to plenary and reported progress.
The National Minimum Wage Act CAP N61 LFN (repeal and re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 722) was at the end of the day, read the third time and passed.
It would also be recalled that the House of Representatives, had on 29th January, approved a national minimum wage of not less than N30,000 per month for Nigerian workers.
The passage followed the lawmakers’ unanimous adoption of a report of an ad hoc committee on National Minimum Wage Bill, 2019, which recommended N30,000 as against N27,000 proposed by the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday received the report of the Technical Advisory Committee for the implementation of the minimum wage.
President Buhari had on January 9, 2019, inaugurated the advisory committee with the core mandate of finding means of generating funds to fund the new minimum wage.
Receiving report of the Bismarck Rewane led committee, President Buhari thanked them for submitting the report before the bill was passed into law.