Senate Promises Swift Action on Minimum Wage Bill


The Senate has pledged to expedite the passage of the National Minimum Wage Bill as soon as it is received from the executive branch. Senator Yemi Adaramodu, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, made this commitment during an interview in Abuja yesterday.

Senator Adaramodu emphasized that the Senate aligns with President Ahmed Bola Tinubu on prioritizing the security and welfare of Nigerians. He assured that the bill would be processed with unprecedented speed once presented.

“If the bill is brought immediately after Sallah, we will handle it with the speed of lightning,” Adaramodu stated. “We are committed to passing it quickly because it benefits Nigerian workers.”

He further clarified that the bill would undergo thorough review but stressed there would be no delays if there is consensus among labor, government, and the private sector. Adaramodu also mentioned the potential for sanctions against noncompliance once the bill becomes law.

Addressing concerns about the proposed N62,000 minimum wage and disparities between federal and sub-national offers, Adaramodu expressed confidence that all parties would reach an agreement. He emphasized the comprehensive nature of the bill, involving federal, state, and local executives.

The Senator urged the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to advocate for better conditions across all levels of government and the private sector. He underscored the need for labor centers to ensure compliance with existing minimum wage laws and hinted at stricter enforcement measures in the forthcoming legislation.

The Senate is poised to act swiftly on the minimum wage bill, ensuring it is robust and enforceable to benefit all Nigerian workers.

Mike Ojo

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