The payment of the N30,000 new national minimum wage will start with immediate effect, the Presidency has said.
This online news platform recalls that the Nigerian Senate approved and passed the sum of N30,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers on March 19.
The House of Representatives had also earlier adopted the N30,000 figure and passed the bill.
On Thursday, the President signed the much-anticipated bill into law putting an end to the initial N18,000 minimum wage.
Speaking on the development, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said the signing of the new minimum wage by the President had made it compulsory for employers of labour to pay N30,000 as the monthly minimum wage.
“You can see me smiling on behalf of Nigerian workers. President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Minimum Wage Repel and Enactment Act, 2019,” he said.
“This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay to their workers the sum of N30, 000.
“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 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.”
Confirming the new minimum wage and when it would be effective, the Presidency through its Twitter handle @NGRPresident wrote: “President @MBuhari this afternoon assented to the National Minimum Wage Bill 2019 passed by the National Assembly. Implementation will be with immediate effect.”
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) April 18, 2019