President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Reenactment Bill, 2019 into law.
Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja said workers now have the right to sue any employer who pays less than N30,000.
Enang said: “Buhari assent makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay their workers the sum of N30,000 and this excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sail out of jurisdiction; persons who are in other kinds of regulated employments are excepted by the Act.
“It also gives the workers the right if you are compelled by any circumstance to accept salary that is less than 30,000 for you to sue your employers to recover the balance.
“It authorises the minister of labour and any person nominated by the minister of labour or any person designated by the minister of labour in any ministry, department or agency to on your behalf take action in your name against such employer to recover the balance of wages.
“It also ensures and mandates the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission and the minister of labour to be the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of this law; and this law applies to all agencies and persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”