Senates considers National Minimum Wage bill, adjourns till after presidential election

By Bature Dan-Inni

The Senate on Thursday passed the National Minimum Wage Bill through the first and second readings after suspending the Senate’s rules.

The Lawmakers who gave the bill a speedy consideration, read it for the second time and referred the bill to an ad hoc committee for further legislative action.

Immediately after the bill was referred, the Senate adjourned its plenary session until after the conduct of next month’s presidential elections.

Members of the upper chamber, however, unanimously agreed that, the Senate will resume on February 19.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the sitting, said, “Dear distinguished colleagues, in view of the fact that it is after 2p.m., we cannot proceed any further so we have to adjourn accordingly. The senate hereby adjourns to Tuesday, the 19th day of February, 2019 at 10a.m. prompt.”