Workers in Nigeria must be in happy mood, as their dream of getting a 30,000 Naira minimum wage is gradually becoming a reality. 

At the House of Representatives, a bill submitted to it by the Executive Arm of government on the new National Minimum Wage has been passed. 

The lawmakers passed the National Minimum Wage Bill at 30,000 Naira during Tuesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara.

It was a unanimous decision by the lawmakers after the House had established an ad-hoc committee to look into the bill submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Before the bill was passed, however, the lawmakers inserted a clause in the bill which makes it effective from the date it would be signed by President Buhari.

The Executive had added a clause in the bill that excluded employers with less than 25 employees from paying the new minimum wage.

This is coming days after the Bill passed second reading at the Senate before plenary was adjourned till after the election.

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With the passage at the House of Representatives, the bill would be sent to the Senate for concurrence.

The amount approved is, however, higher than what the Council of State recommended during their last meeting. 

One other aspect of the plenary before it was adjourned till February 19 was a debate on the 2019 Appropriation Bill.

The Appropriation Bill also passed through a second reading before it was referred to the House Appropriations Committee and other related sub-committees for further actions.

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