Nigeria’s Presidency has revealed that contrary to reports, President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to sign the N30,000 minimum wage bill. This disclosure is coming after the Senate concurred the earlier decision of the House of Representatives, which passed the bill before the National Assembly shut down its operations to enable lawmakers to participate in the 2019 general elections, beginning from February 16.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang who spoke on behalf of the Presidency disclosed that Buhari is yet to sign the N30,000 minimum wage bill and according to him, signing of bills was not done in secrecy. Though he confirmed that the bill which captured N30,000 as the new national minimum wage had been transmitted to Buhari by the National Assembly, he however stated that the President is yet to sign the bill on the grounds that there were operational procedures to be followed.
He told Punch “The bill has been transmitted to Mr President; that I can confirm. Right now, the bill is undergoing standard presidential, operational procedures in respect of bills. We are within time. At the appropriate time, Mr President will take a decision and make it public. Therefore, the report that Mr President has already signed the bill is not correct.”