THE Senate yesterday gave Nigerian workers reason to smile as it passed the N18,000 new national minimum wage bill into law.
It suspended its relevant rules yesterday to treat the bill expeditiously. The bill, which stipulates N18,000 as minimum wage in the country, if concurred by the House of Representatives, will substitute the extant National Minimum Wage Act, which pegs minimum wage at N7,500.
Section 2 (1) of the bill says “As from the commencement of this Act, it shall be the duty of every employer to pay a wage not less than the national minimum wage of N18,000 per month to every worker under his establishment.”
The Lower House also yesterday passed into law the long awaited Anti-Terrorism Bill, a week after the Senate endorsed its version of the legislation.
Thrice, President Goodluck Jonathan had written a letter of appeal to the Legislature on the need to pass the bill in compliance with the International Convention on Terrorism.