Senator Goje Says 2018 Appropriation Bill Makes No Provision For Any Increase In Minimum Wage, Payment Of Subsidy
Following the passage of the 2018 Appropriation Bill at the National Assembly, the chairman, Senate committee on appropriation, Danjuma Goje, has disclosed that no provision was made in the Budget for an increase in the minimum wage during the year.
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Goje said deliberation on the new minimum wage is still ongoing and yet to be concluded by the Executives, hence rationale for its absence in the 2018 Budget.
NIGERIA NEWS notes that the lawmaker disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday, May 17, in Abuja.
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“The government has not brought it. I think that the issue of minimum wage is still under consideration.
“It is still at the committee level with the Executive. When they bring it to us we will look at it; ours is just to make law.
“If the executive decides to pay workers N100, 000 per day or whatever it is, if they bring the Bill and can justify it, we will pass it. When they bring it, we will consider,” he said.
Similarly, Goje said that subsidy on oil was not captured in the appropriation bill.
The lawmaker expresses the readiness of the Senate to make it a law when it’s ready.
He said: “the issue of subsidy was raised on the floor. It was explained that the federal government officially abolished subsidy. So, it is not for us to introduce subsidy.
“If they want to pay the subsidy in accordance with the law they have to bring it to us to appropriate.
“If they bring it, we will appropriate. For now, officially there is no subsidy.”
Meanwhile, in a related development, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that why National Assembly increases 2018 Budget from N8.6 trillion to N9.12 trillion.