Buhari signs Minimum Wage bill into law

President Muhammadu Buhari

The struggle of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has paid off as President Mohammadu Buhari sign the minimum wage bill into law.

The issue of the Minimum Wage had led to some days of industrial action and the National Assembly had passed it into law on March 9

The NLC in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had recently pleaded with the President to sign the bill into law before the Labour Day celebration.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said the implementation is with immediate effect.

According to him, it is for all workers across the federation with the exception of organisations with less than 25 staff.

He also explained that the provision of the law makes it mandatory for employers to adhere to the law and employees can drag their employers to the court if they are not paid the minimum wage.

“This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay to their workers the sum of N30, 000.

“And this excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers, persons who work in a ship which sails out of the jurisdiction and other persons who are in other kinds of regulated employment which are accepted by the Act.

“It also gives the workers the rights, if you are compelled by any circumstance to accepting salary that is less than N30, 000 to sue your employer to recover the balance and it authorises the Minister of Labour and any person nominated by the Minister of Labour, or any person designated by the minister of labour in any ministry, department or agency to on your behalf take action in your name against such employer to recover the balance of your wages.

“It also ensures and mandates National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and the Minister or Labour, to be the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of this law. And this law applies to all agencies, persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”