Minimum wage: Govt Approves N104k for all Workers in Qatar as FG Begs NLC Over N30k in Nigeria

Minimum wage: Govt Approves N104k for all Workers in Qatar as FG Begs NLC Over N30k in Nigeria

- Qatar’s government has announced the implementation of labour reforms

- However, the Nigerian government has reacted to the threat by the organised labour to embark on strike

- The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige disclosed his stance on the minimum wage bill before the National Assembly

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While workers in Nigeria are coping with N30,000 as minimum wage, Qatar’s government has implanted new legislation mandating that all employees receive a minimum monthly wage of N104,000 ($275).

According to Aljazeera, the new minimum wage law came into force on Saturday, March 20.

The publication reported that the new law would benefit hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in the Gulf country.

Qatar is the first country in the region to adopt a non-discriminatory minimum wage.

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However, in Nigeria, some state government are struggling to pay workers the N30,000 minimum wage.

This has prompted the organised labour to reject the minimum wage bill before the National Assembly.

The bill seeks to remove the national minimum wage from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list, thereby giving states the power to decide on minimum wage payments.

In response, the federal government has pleaded with the organised labour to drop its planned industrial action over the bill.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, made the appeal Tuesday, March 23, at the meeting of the National Labour Advisory Council in Owerri, Imo state, The Punch reported.

Minimum wage: Govt Approves 104k for all Workers in Qatar as FG Begs NLC Over 33k in Nigeria
Members of the organised labour protesting over the minimum wage bill before the National Assembly. Photo: @NLCHeadquarters
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The Nation reported that Ngige said he supports the organised labour’s opposition to the bill.

But the minister, however, pointed out the there was no need for labour to embark on strike over the issue.

In another news, taxpayers in Lagos have until March 31, 2021, to pay their outstanding tax to the state government as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu plans to meet its monthly tax revenue target of N60.318 billion.

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Seyi Alade, the director of legal services for the Lagos state internal revenue service, said taxable persons shouldn't wait until a notice is sent or demand is made, NAN reported.

He said self-employed and salary earners should meet the deadline as failure to file tax returns will attract punishment.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years experience working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. He can be reached via email at kess2099@gmail.com.

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