President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sent the much awaited executive bill to amend the National Minimum Wage Act of 2011 to the House of Representatives.
Letter introducing the minimum wage which was pegged at N27,000 by the National Council of States, was read by the House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara on the floor of the House.
The Speaker after reading the President’s letter however, expressed surprise that the registered amount was N27,000 and not the N30,000 agreed to with organised Labour and pledged by the Executive to be implemented at federal level – while States implement N27,000.
“We were meant to understand that N30,000 would be sent for legislation, but we are seeing N27,000 instead. I don’t know what happened,” Dogara muttered.
Recall that after the approval of N27,000 by NCS on Monday, the federal government in a move to placate federal employees reportedly pledged to pay the N30,000 agreed to by the tripartite committee set up to look into the matter.
The arrangement according to observers was strictly to the benefit of federal employees while States pay the N27,000 across board to their workers.
But the said pledge by the federal government seems to have been overtaken by events as only N27,000 was reflected in the amendment proposal sent to the House.