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Senate Approves N30,000 Minimum Wage For Workers


The Senate on Tuesday 19th March,  approved N30,000 as the new national minimum wage for workers.

This decision was accomplished after the upper chamber’s ad-hoc committee on new minimum wage headed by Senator Francis Alimikhena, submitted its report on the issue.

The Senate then went on to request the Federal Government to submit a supplementary budget to cover the new wage structure for consideration and approval.

The Senator who represents Benue Northeast Senatorial district, Barnabas Gemade had insisted that no governor in the states of the federation should complain over payment of N30,000 minimum wage.


Gemade, who lost his senatorial re-election bid on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the just-concluded elections, insisted that states have enough resources to pay such minimum wage meaning there shouldn't be any state for complains.

He faulted those governors complaining of inadequate resources, adding that if resources available to states were prudently managed, payment of wages would be easy.

The lawmaker further explained that candidates including state governors spent humongous resources buying votes in the just-concluded elections, claiming that it was the state resources governors use for winning their elections.

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