By News desk
Barely 24 hours after receiving National Minimum Wage Amendment Bill, the Senate on Thursday deliberated on the N27, 000 wage and passed through the crucial second reading.
The lawmakers passed the bill during plenary after the suspension of the Senate rules, to accommodate it after Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, moved for expeditious passage of the bill because of its importance.
During the debate, the lawmakers supported the bill and were confident that it would improve the standard of living for workers in the country.
They called on the state governments to look inwards on how to actualise the new minimum wage by cutting frivolous expenses and improving revenue generation.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, presided over the plenary, disclosing that contrary to reports, the minimum wage proposal sent to the National Assembly was N27,000 for both Federal and state workers.
Ekweremadu, however, faulted the part of the proposal which exempted organisations which employ less than 25 people from paying the new minimum wage.
He decried that the exemption would exclude many low-income earners who work in small organisations from benefitting from the new minimum wage.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has also commenced deliberation on the bill sent to the lawmakers by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the letter read to the lawmakers, the President proposed a minimum wage of N27,000 for workers.
Earlier, the senate agreed to Lawan’s request and the minimum wage bill was debated in the chamber.