Dr. Okei-Odumakin says 30,000 insufficient with economic realities.
Hopes states and employers within the private sector will commence immediate implementation.
The President, Women Arise for Change Initiative,Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the National Minimum Wage Bill approving N30,000 for the least paid worker in the country.
Okei-Odumakin in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos said she hopes states and employers within the private sector will commence immediate implementation of the new minimum wage.
iDONSABI had reported that the new act mandates all employers of labour across the country to pay workers a minimum of N30,000 monthly wage.
But it excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sails out of the jurisdiction and other persons who are in other kinds of regulated employment which are accepted by the Act.
Okei-Odumakin, who described the signing of the bill into law as a welcome development, however, said 30,000 still remains insufficient.
“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 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,” she said.
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