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Minimum Wage (Amendment) Bill passed by the House of Representatives- Stuti Saxena
By Chioma Okwu

A new National Minimum Wage bill has been passed by the House of Representatives. Next, the bill will be sent to the Senate for its confirmation prior to final endorsement by the President. It is anticipated that the amendment bill will be endorsed by the Senate without much opposition.

The Nigerian Minimum Wage Act governs the minimum wages in the country. As such, there is only one minimum wage act and it covers both the public sector as well as the private sector. Besides, it covers workers at the federal, state and local government levels. Primarily speaking, the minimum wage is determined at the national level between the government, labor and the employers of the public sector and private sector. Furthermore, it is noticeable that the minimum wages are calculated on monthly basis conceding that the average working period is of 8 hours daily and 5 days on a weekly basis. Implicitly, the national minimum wage is a function of the cost of living, inflation and other relevant statistical data from the National Bureau of Statistics, etc. Any adjustment to the minimum wage is done on a periodic basis (3 years, on an average) where the labor, government, and employers make a recommendation to the federal government (Presidency). Finally, in cases where the tenets of the Act are not followed, an individual may register a complaint to the labor inspectorate.

As per the tenets of the amendment bill, the Minimum Wage Amendment Act 2011 is slated to increase the minimum wage from N18000 to N27000. Furthermore, it may be noted that N30000 would be acceptable as the minimum wage for federal employees while N27000 would be acceptable as minimum wages for the state and private sector workers. It is anticipated that the Bill amendment would result in countering inflationary tendencies and meet the demands of the cost of living.

 


Stuti Saxena  is a contributor on Blueprintafric,


Stuti is a follower of Open Government Data (OGD) as a research theme. She is a research scholar at the Central University of Haryana in the Political Science Department. Hitherto, where she has been associated with the National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad, Indian Institutes of Management, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Indore, and ICFAI, Hyderabad in diverse roles. Stuti holds an MPhil degree in Public Administration from Lucknow University.

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