Nigeria’s federal government has cleared the air over the national minimum wage bill, saying President Goodluck Jonathan has signed the bill into law.
Vice President Namadi Sambo made the disclosure Monday night during a debate ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
Controversy has dogged the bill. After a government minister announced recently that it had been signed into law, another minister disputed the claim.
Angry workers latched on to the disagreement to threaten a boycott of the polls, starting on Saturday, if the bill was not signed into law.
But Sambo said the President, due to meet officials of the umbrella Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Tuesday (29March) in the capital city of Abuja, had signed the bill, which pegs the national minimum wage at 18,000 naira (US$120) monthly, up from the current 7,500 naira (US$50)