House of Reps to pass minimum wage bill

Yakubu Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that the National Assembly is waiting for the executive to forward the bill for an upward review of minimum wage.

He said the lawmakers will pass the bill without hesitation once received.

Dogara said this in a statement to mark the 2018 Workers’ Day celebration.

He, however, expressed optimism that the Federal Government’s committee on minimum wage will soon conclude its assignment and a new national minimum wage bill will be transmitted to the parliament by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dogara said he is aware of the struggles and hardship faced by Nigerian workers, hence the legislature’s commitment to improve their living conditions.

He said, “I assure you, on this occasion, that the National Assembly will give expeditious passage to the minimum wage bill whenever it is transmitted by the executive and any other initiative that will promote the welfare of the Nigerian worker. We will support it wholeheartedly.

“On behalf of the entire members of the House of Representatives, I want to use this occasion to, once again, underscore the importance of workers to the growth and prosperity of our dear nation, Nigeria.

“We see the struggles you go through to survive on wages that can barely last through the first week of the month.

“We see your dedication to doing your bit in ensuring that Nigeria continues to run effectively in spite of unfavourable conditions. We commend your courage, your commitment to service and nation building and urge you to continue supporting government policies and agenda.”   

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