The Nigerian senate has set up a special ad-hoc committee to look into the new National Minimum Wage Bill of 27,000 naira recommended by the National Council of State after series of meetings between the federal government, Governors and Labour unions. This followed accelerated hearing of the bill which passed first and second reading during plenary on Thursday. Lawmakers who contributed to the debate insisted on an upward review of the 27,000 naira recommended by the National Council of State. Deputy Senate President expressed hope that there will be no discrimination in the implementation of the new minimum wage between state and federal workers after the bill is passed into law.
Meanwhile, The Senate has adjourned plenary till Tuesday February 19, 2019. The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, announced the adjournment shortly after the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, moved the motion for Senate to adjourn plenary to another legislative day. The adjournment is not unconnected to the National Assembly elections slated for February 16, 2019.