It was all round cheers in the camp of the Nigeria Labour Congress when President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law, the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Act, 2019.
The news was confirmed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to him, the Act makes it compulsory for all employers across the country to pay workers a minimum of N30,000.
President Muhammadu Buhari assents to the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Act, 2019 at the Aso Villa in Abuja on April 18, 2019.
The Act however excludes persons employing less than 25 workers or persons in other kinds of regulated employment.
Senator Enang further explained that the Act gives workers the right to sue an employer to recover the balance or authorise the Minister of Labour to take action against such an employer in the event of a refusal to pay the stipulated wage.
The President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, also confirmed this in a tweet.
UPDATE: President @MBuhari has assented to the New National Minimum Wage bill.
The minimum wage is now N30,000 from N18,000.
The implementation starts immediately.
The new law affects all workers in the country. pic.twitter.com/cNoQPcJPh4
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) April 18, 2019