BDele Anofi, Abuja
The House of Representatives has approved N30, 000 as minimum wage for workers.
This followed the consideration and adoption of the report of the Yussuff Lasun-led ad hoc Committee that conducted a public hearing on the subject on Monday.
The bill was also read the third time which now leaves it to the legislation action on the same bill by the Senate
All the clauses of the bill were adopted by the lawmakers.
Issues were however raised on the timing of signing the bill into law and the takeoff of the new salary regime.
While giving a synopsis of the report, Lasun said it was at the hearing that it was actually discovered that the Federal government agreed to pay its own workers N30000.
He also noted that it was discovered that the Executive bill needed not too many adjustment.
He however raised concerns over the fate of employers with less 25 workers who were exempted for the new wage.
He also noted that the tax aspect of the new wage needed to be examined as certain wage brackets that would henceforth increase to N200,000 and above would be required to pay tax.
“So tax authorities should see if succor could be provided for certain levels of workers,” he added.
All Clauses were carried by the lawmakers.
While ruling Speaker Dogara said: “This is the House of the people and this is the way businesses should be and we have effectively passed it subject to the passage of the Senate unless there are issues which may require a conference Committee “.