House of Reps demand executive bill on minimum wage

The House of Representatives has requested President Muhammadu Buhari to transmit the Tripartite Agreement on the National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly for Legislation that would avert the looming industrial action threatened by the organized labour.

This was contained in a motion adopted under matter of urgent public importance on a call for Legislative intervention to maintain industrial peace in the country.

Mr. Sani Zorro, a member from Jigawa State, North West Nigeria, the sponsor of the motion told the House that the planned strike has the potential of paralyzing the Nation’s socio-economic and political activities.

Consequently the House further enjoined the government to display good faith in implementing the age-old agreement reached with ASUU to check incessant strikes which has become the only tool of compelling government to the negotiation table.

The House also resolved on the motion to set up a joint Ad-hoc Committee with the Senate to investigate the immediate and remote causes of Workers’ action in the National Assembly on Tuesday that denied the lawmakers access to the two chambers for plenary.

Presiding officers of the National Assembly were today blocked from gaining access to the Chambers by staff of the National Assembly under the auspice of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN picketed the Leadership of the National Assembly for deliberate refusal to address pending issues bothering on the staff welfare.

The core issues are non-payment of Legislative Salary Structure, non-release of promotion letters to those who had passed the required examinations and lack of training of staff as budgeted for.

Source: Voice of Nigeria