Friday, 4 August 2017

Saraki Supports “N56,000” New Minimum Wage, Says “NASS Waiting For Executive”

The Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the National Assembly was in support of a new Minimum Wage Bill and was ready to consider passing the bill into law whenever it was presented by the executive.

Recall, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has made it clear it is demanding an upward push from N18,000 to N56,000 as minimum wage.

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While speaking when he featured in News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja, the senate president said that the senate was aware of the need to review the current minimum wage.

He said that all the indices upon which the last minimum wage of N18, 000 was approved had changed and that there was, therefore, no need leaving the wage unchanged.

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Saraki further admitted that Nigerians were suffering and that the national assembly was only waiting for the executive to present a bill for a wage review.

His words: “We are in support; we are waiting for the executive. We have told them to go ahead with the idea.

“I have said it myself and the Speaker of House of Representatives said it the last time that we are fully in support. We are waiting for the executive to make a move on it.

“We are prodding the executive to do that; we have done that many times and we are still doing that.

“It is justifiable to have a new minimum wage. How will it not be if you look at the challenges the people are going through.

“More so, all the indices have changed since then, and should that be the only index that should stay the same? It is not possible.”

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