Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have started rejoicing over the signing into law the N30, 000 new minimum wage bill by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, April 19, 2019
The Act stipulates that all employers: Federal, State, local governments should start paying at least N30, 000 as minimum wage to their employees.
In one of the NYSC WhatsApp Groups, NEMA Group, corps members expressed the hope that the new minimum wage will cover them.
Recalled that Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, said “It covers all persons covered by the Act,” when he was asked if the new minimum wage covers the National Youth Service Corps.
The former senator told newsmen in Abuja that the Minimum Wage Repel and Enactment Act, 2019 has replaced the existing one.
“You can see me smiling on behalf of Nigerian workers. President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Minimum Wage Repel and Enactment Act, 2019.
“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.
“It also authorises the minister of labour and any person nominated by the minister or any person designated by the minister of labour in any ministry, department or agency to on your behalf, take action in your name against such employer to recover the balance of your wages,” NAN quoted him as saying.
According to the presidential Enang, the bill ensures and mandates the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and the minister or labour, to be the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of this law.
“This law applies to all agencies, persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He by signing the new minimum wage into law, President Buhari has shown love and compassion to the workers, “Mr President will celebrate with workers and the Federal Government will celebrate. This is Mr President showing workers the love he has for them and we will match with the Nigerian workers.”
Will all state governments be able to pay the new minimum wage? The battle isn’t over.