The moves by the Federal Government and the organised labour to finalise the new minimum wage this month may face fresh crisis.

Sources at the National Assembly said on Sunday that the legislature plans to go on another recess ahead of the presentation of an executive bill on a new minimum wage by the president, which is one of the agreements reached between the government and labour unions.

The National Assembly is on Christmas and New Year recess and will resume on Tuesday, January 15.

While the President plans to transmit National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Bill to the National Assembly on January 23, sources in the leadership of the National Assembly say the lawmakers might go on another recess by January 24.

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He said, “The lawmakers will close on that day to allow members to participate in electioneering, ahead of general elections which will begin in February.”

The Federal Government and the organised labour had on Tuesday reached an agreement that the Presidency would send the minimum wage bill to the National Assembly after their meetings.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who presided over the meeting, had assured the labour leaders that the Federal Government would send the bill to the National Assembly on January 23.

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