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M/Wage Bill transmitted to NASS

The presidency says it has transmitted the National Minimum Wage Bill to both chambers of the National Assembly.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, confirmed this to reporters on Wednesday. He said the bill was transmitted to the legislature earlier in the day.

But Senator Enang  did not give details of the content of the bill.

The development comes barely 24 hours after the National Council of State approved the sum of N27,000, which the Federal Government, however, said it would increase to N30,000 for its workers.

The minister of labour, Dr Chris Ngige, had said on Tuesday that states were at liberty to augment the new agreement as they deemed fit.

There are, however, exemptions for private and public organisations employing less than 25 workers to pay the minimum of N18,000.

Meanwhile, organised labour has kicked against the approved 27,000 minimum wage, vowing to resist it.

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