Why The New Minimum Wage Signed By Buhari Matters

By Ikenga Chronicles April 19, 2019

Why The New Minimum Wage Signed By Buhari Matters

President Muhammadu Buhari signed the N30,000 National Minimum Wage (Repeal and Enactment) Bill 2019 passed by the National Assembly on Thursday.

With the president’s assent to the bill, henceforth, workers in both the private and public sectors will not earn below N30,000 as minimum wage.

The presidential liaison officer said that the Minimum Wage Act empowers any employee who is paid below N30,000 approved minimum wage to drag his employer to court, adding that the law also authorises the Minister of Labour and Employment or his nominee to take up such a case on behalf of the affected employee and recover his/her balance.

He also said the Act mandates the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission as well as the Minister of Labour and Employment to serve as the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of the law, adding that the law is applicable throughout the country.

He said: “You can see me smiling on behalf of Nigerian workers. President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Minimum Wage Repeal and Enactment Act 2019.”

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