President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the two chambers of the National Assembly for the prompt attention they accorded the new minimum wage bill.
This is even as members of the House of Representatives condemned the National Council of State for approving N27,000 as the new minimum wage instead of the proposed N30,000 by the tripartite committee.
The President’s Senior Special Assistants on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang and Mr. Umar El-Yakub, gave the commendation in a chat with journalists at the Assembly complex on Thursday.
El-Yakub, who recently took over from Hon. Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila as SSA (House of Representatives) to the President, said Buhari was delighted with the manner both chambers commenced prompt consideration of the bill.
According to him, the President commends the leadership and members of the National Assembly for the expeditious reading of the minimum wage bill.
“It shows the lawmakers are ready to work with President Buhari; and it is also a show of concern for the wellbeing of Nigerians,” he said.
The new SSA promised to work with the leadership of both chambers and ensure a cordial relationship between the legislature and the executive.
Also, Enang reiterated that the action of the lawmakers was a “demonstration of faith in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari by the lawmakers.”
However, the condemnation by the members of the House of Representatives came after the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, read the letter from the president to the house for the consideration of the minimum wage bill.
The Speaker pointed out that the N30,000 proposed by the tripartite committee set up by the president on the minimum wage did not reflect in the letter.
During the second reading of the bill which came up same day, some of the contributors to the argument condemned the action of the National Council of State, while some insist that the minimum that will be considered by the House should be N30,000.
The bill has however, been referred to an ad hoc committee, which was expected to conduct a public hearing on Monday, while the lawmakers would reconvene to pass it on Tuesday.
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