Senate Passes 2018 Budget Without Minimum Wage, Subsidy

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje,

has said that no provision was made in the 2018 Budget for any

increase in minimum wage during the year.

 

Goje made this known to briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja shortly

after the passage of the 2018 Appropriation Bill.

 

He said the failure to capture the wage in the budget may have been

because deliberation on the issue had not been concluded by the

Executive.

 

“The government has not brought it. I think that the issue of minimum

wage is still under consideration.

 

“It is still at the committee level with the Executive. When they

bring it to us we will look at it; ours is just to make law.

 

“If the Executive decides to pay workers N100, 000 per day or whatever

it is, if they bring the Bill and can justify it, we will pass it.

 

“When they bring it, we will consider,” he said.

 

The lawmaker also said that subsidy on oil was not captured in the budget.

 

He said “the issue of subsidy was raised on the floor.

 

“It was explained that the Federal Government officially abolished

subsidy. So, it is not for us to introduce subsidy.

 

“If they want to pay subsidy in accordance with the law they have to

bring it to us to appropriate.

 

“If they bring it, we will appropriate. For now, officially there is

no subsidy,” he said.