The National Minimum Wage Bill, 2019, which stipulates N27,000 as minimum
wage across the country on Thursday passed the second reading at the
Nigerian Senate .
Senators, who had to suspend their rules to pass the bill for first and
second readings, said they were committed to the expeditious passage of
A total of 11 senators who spoke during the debate on the bill all
supported the passage of the bill.
Most of the senators said the N27,000 proposed was small, while others
expressed fears that some state governments might not be able to pay.
The Senate, after the second reading of the bill, raised an adhoc panel to
work on the bill and report back in two weeks.
The committee is headed by Senate Chief Whip, Sola Adeyeye, with seven
others as members.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary,
said against some reports that the minimum wage for federal workers would
be N30,000, while that of state governments workers would be N27,000, the
Although the national minimum wage would be N27,000, the federal
government said it could afford to pay N30,000.