NASS will fast track passage of minimum wage bill 


The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity, Rep Ezenwa Onyewuchi, says the National Assembly would give the minimum wage bill accelerated hearing and passage.

Onyewuchi, who represents Owerri Municipal/North/West Federal Constituency of Imo State, stated this on Thursday in an interview with journalists in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Nov. 27, 2017, set up a 30-man National Minimum Wage Committee headed by former Head of Service of the Federation, Amal Pepple.

The committee recommended N30, 000 minimum wage for workers but the governors, who argued that they were not carried along, insisted it would be impossible for them to implement without reducing their workforce.

Onyewuchi said when the minimum wage amendment bill is sent to them by President Buhari, the National Assembly would do the needful.

He said, ”For us, we have to wait here until the president sends in the amendment bill, it will go through the rudiment of law making; pass through the committees at various levels.

”We know how important it is; we know that the workers are desirous of wage increase, especially the minimum wage, which for me as a committee chairman, I consider it important.”

Onyewuchi said although the bill would not negate the normal legislative scrutiny and assured it would be given an expeditious passage.

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