Presidency Reveals When N30,000 Minimum Wage Will Take Effect
President Muhammadu Buhari (image courtesy State House)

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration says implementation of the newly signed N30,000 National Minimum wage act takes effect from April 18.

Concise News had reported that the Nigerian leader Thursday finally signed the new national Minimum wage bill of N30,000 into law.

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Adviser on National Assembly (Senate) to the Nigerian leader, Ita Enang, told newsmen in abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that the Minimum Wage Repel and Enactment Act, 2019, has replaced the existing one.

According to him, the bill now makes it mandatory for employers of labour in both public and private organisations to pay N30, 000 as minimum wage.

“You can see me smiling on behalf of Nigerian workers. President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Minimum Wage Repel and Enactment Act, 2019,” he said.

“This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay to their workers the sum of N30, 000.

“This excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers, persons who work in a ship which sails out of jurisdiction and other persons who are in other kinds of regulated employment which are accepted by the Act.

“It also gives workers the right if you are compelled by any circumstance to accept salary that is less than N30, 000 to sue your employer to recover the balance.”

He also said that “this law applies to all agencies, persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Background

The Nigerian Senate had on 19 March approved the bill increasing the national minimum wage to N30,000.

The federal lawmakers passed the bill after President Buhari sent it for consideration, following its approval by the National Council of State.

The Council of State, comprising former Nigerian heads of states and presidents, Chief Justices of Nigeria (CJN), the leadership of the National Assembly, state governors among others, had approved the sum of N27,000, while the federal government said it would increase it to N30,000 for its workers.