BY OBUTE JAMES
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed the National Minimum Wage Bill into law following the submission of report Senator Francis Alimikhena’s Commttee.
The acting Chairman of the Senate ad-hoc committee on National Minimum Wage Bill, Senator Francis Alimikhena recommended urgent review of the revenue-sharing formula, which will enhance the states to pay the new minimum wage.
The Senator representing Benue Northeast Senatorial district, Barnabas Gemade while making his comments on the report insisted that no governor in the states should complain against payment of N30,000 minimum wage. He noted that those governors complaining of inadequate resources, were among those that used the state resources to buy votes during the last general election. According to him, if available resources are prudently managed, payment of wages would be easy.
The committee urged the Minister of Finance and its counterparts in the Budget and National Planning to as a matter of urgency, compute and forward to the National Assembly, for inclusion in the 2019 budget, the actual amount required.
The report also said a fine of N75, 000 has been imposed on firms that refuse to comply with the wage payment.
Meanwhile, the debate on the 2019 budget has commenced on Tuesday. Lawmakers during the plenary expressed their views on the 2019 budget proposal submitted by President Muhammed Buhari last year.