PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-enactment Bill, 2019, into law, saying implementation takes immediate effect. The National Assembly had on March 27 transmitted the bill to the President for assent. Briefing State House correspondents, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, said: “You can see me smiling on behalf of Nigerian workers.
President Buhari has assented to the Minimum Wage Repeal and Enactment Act 2019. This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay to their workers the sum of N30,000. “And 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 the 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 and authorises the minister of labour and any person nominated by Minister of Labour, or any person designated by the Minister of Labour in any ministry, department or agency to on your behalf take action in your name against such employer to recover the balance of your wages.
“It also ensures and mandates National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and the Minister of Labour, to be the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of this law. And this law applies to all agencies, persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “The effective date is April 18, 2019, as the president has assented to. It has been assented to today (yesterday) and it takes effect today (yesterday), except such other provisions as are contained in the Act.