The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu
Dogara, on Tuesday said the House is ready to pass the
minimum wage bill as the legislature awaits the executive to
forward the bill for upward review.
Dogara,in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on
Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, to mark 2018
Workers’ Day celebration, reiterated the desire of the House
to provide a better life for workers.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the Speaker
said he was not unmindful of the struggles and hardship
faced by Nigerian workers in their daily lives.
According to him, this is why the National Assembly is
committed to putting more resources in the hands of
He expressed optimism that the Federal Government
Committee on Minimum Wage currently conducting public
hearings across the six geo-political zones in the country,
would soon conclude its assignment.
He said that a new national minimum wage bill would be
transmitted to the parliament by the President.
“On behalf of the entire members of the House of
Representatives, I want to use this occasion to, once again,
underscore the importance of workers to the growth and
prosperity of our dear nation, Nigeria.
“We see the struggles you go through to survive on wages
that can barely last through the first week of the month. “We
see your dedication to doing your bit in ensuring that Nigeria
continues to run effectively in spite of unfavourable
“We commend your courage, your commitment to service
and nation building and urge you to continue supporting
government policies and agenda.
“I assure you, on this occasion, that the National Assembly
will give expeditious passage to the Minimum Wage Bill
whenever it is transmitted by the executive and any other
initiative that will promote the welfare of the Nigerian