With the approval of N30,000 by the upper legislative chamber as the new national minimum wage, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has expressed hope that the new minimum wage will be implemented immediately and urged the Nigerian workforce to “double their efforts” towards increasing productivity.
Saraki gave the call during the passage of the bill on the new minimum wage on the floor of the Senate, on Tuesday, even as the Senator representing Benue Northeast Senatorial district, Barnabas Gemade insisted that no Governor in the states of the federation should complain of payment of N30,000 minimum wage.
While insisting that states have enough resources to pay minimum wage, Gemade faulted the governors complaining of inadequate resources, stressing that if resources available to states were prudently managed, payment of wages was easy.
Saraki said: “Let me join our colleagues to commend the efforts of the committee.
“More importantly, let me commend the patience of Nigerian workers and the leadership of the Labour Union, who have over the years been calling for this minimum wage and have carried their efforts responsibly.
“I want to commend the leaders of the organisations of the union. Let me also state that as government, we should ensure that at times like these, we should not wait for there to be strikes to do what is truly deserving for our workers.
“I hope that with this minimum wage our workers will double their efforts to increase their productivity, so that we can also improve the general productivity of the country. It is my hope that the implementation of this will start immediately.”
Speaking earlier, Gemade stated that candidates including State governors spent humongous resources buying votes in the just concluded elections, noting that it was the state resources governors used for their elections.
He said, “There is no state in the country that cannot pay the N30,000 National minimum wage. They have enough resources to pay.
“I saw in the just concluded elections how votes were massively bought by the state resources and nobody should tell Nigerians that they cannot pay. They should pay,” the lawmaker said.