The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has stated that a new national minimum wage law is possible within two weeks if the presidency submits the bill this week to the National Assembly for passage.
NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, in a chat with Guardian yesterday, said with the tremendous goodwill the organised labour enjoys at the National Assembly, lawmakers would expedite action on the bill.
His comment followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s receipt of the report of the tripartite committee on the review of the national minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000.
Wabba said: “The organised labour wants to assure the Nigerian people that once the report is submitted today, labour would be considering what timeframe we think would be sufficient enough for the presidency to transmit it to the National Assembly.
“For the work of the National Assembly, we are very certain because we have an understanding with the leadership of the Assembly that the new minimum wage bill will not take more than two days to consider because what would be presented is an amendment of the existing 2011 National Minimum Wage Law. While passing the bill does not require a long process, most members of the two chambers of the National Assembly are well informed about all the issues that surround the minimum wage bill.”
While receiving the report from the Ama Pepple-led tripartite panel at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Buhari said government plans “to transmit the executive bill to the National Assembly for passage within the shortest possible time.”