Senate assures quick nod of new minimum wage bill


By Muhammed Shaeed

As the Senate awaits the new
minimum wage bill from the executive arm of the government, had on Friday pledged that it would give it required consideration to improve the welfare of workers and industrial harmony in the country.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity, Senator Diket Plang, APC, Plateau Central disclosed this in a statement issued.

He said, “Efforts of the Federal Government and the Organized Labour for agreeing to set in motion, necessary machinery to review the current Minimum Wage in Nigeria as contained in the memorandum of understanding signed by the negotiating parties, are commendable.

“The Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity under my chairmanship, is prepared to give expeditious attention to the passage of a new Act, once negotiation on the matter is concluded and such bill transmitted to the National Assembly for enactment.”

He, however, commended the Federal Government on its action to prevent the proposed nationwide strike last Tuesday.

“Nigerians and particularly members of this committee, are happy that the then looming industrial unrest, was averted by memorandum of understanding entered into by the federal government , the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC.

“However, all the parties involved, should avoid reneging on any of the agreement reached”, he said.l



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