*Minimum Wage: N’Assembly Considers Penalty For Defaulting State – Details*

Minimum Wage: N’Assembly Considers Penalty For Defaulting State – Details.

Information reached thenewskingdom have it that, National Assembly has just pronounced its plans to include a clause that will provide clear penalties for defaulters of the new minimum wage bill that will be passed after receiving the Wage Award Bill from President Bola Tinubu.

According to the report, the N’Assembly has disclosed that it is resolved to ensure that states, local governments, and the Organised Private Sector adhere strictly to the payment of approved minimum wage.

A source who preferred to speak on conditions of anonymity, on the matter said the clause may be to consider seizing allocations of states and local governments that fail to comply with the new minimum wage.

Yemi Adaramodu, the Senate spokesperson, explained that lawmakers would expedite the passage of the Wage Award Bill once President Tinubu sent it.

Adaramodu also revealed that President Ahmed Tinubu would send the bill after the National Assembly resumed from the Sallah recess on 2nd of July.

It should be recalled that President Ahmed Tinubu, in his Democracy Day speech on Wednesday, promised to forward a bill on the new minimum wage to the National Assembly soon.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government and labour unions have been at loggerheads over the new minimum wage, with union leaders demanding N250,000.

However, the Federal Government and the OPS countered with an offer of N62,000, while state governors maintained that they could not sustain a minimum wage higher than N60,000.

While addressing concerns about compliance, Adaramodu especially given that some states still pay the old N18,000 minimum wage, while others comply with the current N30,000, assured that the new bill will be “watertight”.

“We will ensure it is strictly adhered to as law. The bill will include provisions for sanctions against non-compliance”. He added

“We are going to produce a watertight bill that we are proposing for the President to sign to ensure that it is strictly adhered to as law. For now, let’s not speculate on the details that the Federal Government will include in the bill to be submitted to the National Assembly”.

Adaramodu emphasised, “But, when it comes, whatever is there and whatever is not, we will ensure that it’s watertight and obeyed by all”.

He added further, “When we talk about the minimum wage, is it just about the Federal Government? It seems like it’s a fight between the Federal Government and labour. That’s the way everybody is looking at it. We keep mentioning the Federal Government, President Tinubu, and labour. We don’t even talk about the Organised Private Sector or the sub-nationals. The NLC, which recognises the workers in the organised private sector and the sub-nationals, needs to advocate for them.”

“The issue of some states still paying N18,000, though I don’t know because I don’t suspect that to be happening. If some states are paying that, what have the labour unions in those states done to ensure compliance with the N30,000 minimum wage? We need to ask them too. But, like I said, the National Assembly will make this law seriously watertight, with sanctions for non-compliance, whether at the state, sub-national, or organised private sector level,” Adaramodu stated.

“If such measures were not taken in the past, the 10th Assembly would ensure sanctions for defaulters of the newly agreed minimum wage”. Adaramodu added.

“That’s how it’s going to be done this time around. But the labour centres also need to protect the welfare of their members, not only with the Federal Government,” Adaramodu reiterated.

While speaking on the possibility of sanctioning state governors, Adaramodu noted that the National Assembly makes laws for the entire country.

“The National Assembly makes laws for Nigeria, not just for President Tinubu,” he stated.

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