The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly has approved N30, 000 as the new national minimum wage with an appeal to the Federal Government to start the implementation immediately to prevent the organised labour from embarking on strike to demand the payment.
During plenary on Tuesday, the acting Chairman of the Senate ad-hoc committee on National Minimum Wage Bill, Senator Francis Alimikhena while delivering the report, added that a fine of N75, 000 has been imposed on firms that refuse to comply with the wage payment.
Speaking on the floor of the House, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, urged the Federal Government to pay the new minimum wage without delay instead of waiting for the workers to go on strike to demand the implementation.
Also the panel recommended for a review of the revenue-sharing formula, which will enhance the states to pay the new minimum wage and called on the Minister of Finance and her counterparts in the Budget and National Planning to as a matter of urgency, compute and forward to the National Assembly, for inclusion in the 2019 budget, the actual amount required for the new minimum wage.
On his part, Leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, wondered why the fine for non-compliance jumped from N5, 000 as recommended by the executive to N75, 000.
Lawan however, commended the Federal Government for fulfilling its promise to the Nigerian workers and urged the organised labour to tag along.
Similarly, Senator James Manager described as unfortunate, the fact that some state governments are yet to apply the N18, 000 minimum wage.
For Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi the review of the revenue-sharing formula would enable more state governments to pay the new wage.