The Progressive Students Movement (PSM), a Pan-African Students’ group, has applauded 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, PSM, in a statement by the President of PSM in Nigeria, Mr Bestman Okereafor, noted that they saw the signing as a long-awaited gesture to workers in Nigeria to enjoy the fruit of their labour.
The statement reads: “The attention of the leadership of the PSM has been drawn to the decision of President Buhari to sign into law the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Act, 2019.
“By this Act, the new minimum wage is now N30,000. PSM considers this as a progressive minded decision, considering what is obtainable in other countries in Africa and the World.
“Information at our disposal reveals that President Buhari assented to the Act on Thursday in Abuja, mandating all employers of labour across the country to pay workers a minimum of N30,000 monthly wage.”
The president, however, appealed to state governors to strictly adhere with the new monthly minimum wage by prompt payment of workers’ wages or salaries in their various states.