We Are Ready To Pass New Minimum Wage Bill - Dogara
It is workers' day and accolades are flying for the workers, but some of them will wish money also gained wings alongside the praises.
Some persons whose salaries have become a thing of contention are lawmakers of the Federal Republic, but the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday in Abuja, said the House is ready to pass the minimum wage bill.
They are waiting for the executive to forward the bill for upward review.
Dogara, in a statement to mark 2018 Worker’s Day celebration, by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan, reiterated the desire of the House to provide better life for workers.
The Speaker said he is not unmindful of the struggles and hardship faced by Nigerian workers in their daily lives.
He expects that a new national minimum wage bill would soon be transmitted to the parliament by the President.
“On behalf of the entire members of the House of Representatives, I want to use this occasion to, once again, underscore the importance of workers to the growth and prosperity of our dear nation, Nigeria.
“We see the struggles you go through to survive on wages that can barely last through the first week of the month. “We see your dedication to doing your bit in ensuring that Nigeria continues to run effectively in spite of unfavourable conditions.
“We commend your courage, your commitment to service and nation building and urge you to continue supporting government policies and agenda.
“I assure you, on this occasion, that the National Assembly will give expeditious passage to the Minimum Wage Bill whenever it is transmitted by the executive and any other initiative that will promote the welfare of the Nigerian worker.
“We will support it wholeheartedly,” the Speaker said.