2018 Budget: Why there’s no provision for minimum wage, subsidy – National Assembly

2018 Budget: Why there’s no provision for minimum wage, subsidy – National Assembly

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Gojeon Wednesday disclosed that there was no provision for increase in minimum wage in the 2018 Budget.

Talks have been going on between the Labour unions and the Federal Government over the need to increase the minimum wage in the country.

A committee has been set up to determine the appropriate minimum wage and the necessary modalities.

But speaking to journalists shortly after the passage of the 2018 budget by the National Assemblyon Wednesday, the Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjume Goje, said no provision was made for it.

He explained that the non-provision for it in the budget might have resulted from the fact that discussions were still on-going over it at the Executive arm of government.

 “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. .

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Goje also explained that subsidy on oil was not captured in the budget because it was abolished.

His words:  “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 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.”

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