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‘All employers of labour in Nigeria must pay their workers N30,000’

Idowu Bankole

…excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers

…persons who work in a ship which sail out of the jurisdiction

Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Thursday, says  it is compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay their workers the sum of N30,000 and this excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sail out of the jurisdiction; persons who are in other kinds of regulated employments are excepted by the Act.

Senator Enang

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday, signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Reenactment Bill, 2019 into law.

Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters(Senate) disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Senate had on March 19, approved N30, 000 as the new national minimum wage with an appeal to the Federal Government to expedite action on assent and implementation.

“It also gives the workers the right if you are compelled by any circumstance to accepting a salary that is less than 30,000 for you to sue your employers to recover the balance.

“It authorises the minister of labour and any person nominated by the minister of labour or any person designated by the minister of labour in any ministry, department or agency to on your behalf take action in your name against such employer to recover the balance of wages.

“It also ensures and mandates the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission and the minister of labour to be the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of this law; and this law applies to all agencies and persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The effective date is April 18, 2019, as Mr President has assented to; it has been assented to and it takes effect today except for such other provision as are contained in the Act.”

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Enang said that the enforcement and the right to start the implementation of the provisions commenced immediately including such steps that would be taken gradually under the provisions of the Act.

He urged Nigerian workers to celebrate President Buhari and support his administration and policies.

The senior special assistant said that the administration would come out and march together with Nigerian workers and Workers Day.

“Mr President will celebrate Workers Day and this government will celebrate.

“This is Mr President action showing the love he has for Nigerian workers,’’ he said


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