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Minimum Wage: Odumakin Reacts As Buhari Signs Bill

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Minimum Wage: Odumakin Reacts As Buhari Signs Bill

Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the N30,000 minimum wage demanded by Nigerian workers into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed the national minimum wage bill into law.

The Senate had on March 19 passed the bill, approving N30,000 as the new national minimum wage after the house of representatives earlier passed the bill.

Reacting, Odumakin, in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos said it was a welcome development.

She, however, pointed out that “the N30,000 minimum wage remains insufficient for our workers when we consider the inflation rate in our country and the prevailing economic realities.”

Odumakin said: “It is a welcome development though this is coming at a time when several states in the country have battled over the last couple of years to pay the previous N18,000 minimum wage.

“It is my hope that the states and employers within the private sector will commence an immediate implementation of the new minimum wage.

“It is also important to remind ourselves that the N30,000 minimum wage remains insufficient for our workers when we consider the inflation rate in our country and the prevailing economic realities.

“Yet, we must appreciate the sincerity of President Buhari in ensuring that the new minimum wage becomes implemented.”

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