Thursday, March 7, 2013

Penalties for late payment of salaries and pension to be introduced

The House of representatives yesterday moved a bill for An Act to Prohibit Late Payment, Non-Payment and Underpayment of Workers' Wages, Pension and Emolument in Nigeria and Prescribe Penalties for Violations and for other Matters Connected thereto.

The minority leader of the House Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila ACN, Lagos sponsored the bill saying "it is only here in Nigeria that we hear workers that toil morning and night to meet their family obligations, we hear of workers that have not been paid for months and it is impossible to say that we want to fight corruption yet we lay the foundation for corruption. How can expect a man that has not been paid for several months not to be corrupt?"

Continuing, Gbajabiamila said a percentage of with held salaries should be penalties served and can be incremental over time.

Contributing to the merits of the bill Hon. Samson Osagie, ACN Edo said " it is the duty of a responsible parliament to protect its people from hardship, therefore it is important to criminalize employers that with-hold, underpay and violate the terms of contract of employees"

The committees on Public Service, Labour Employment and Productivity have been are to take further legislative duties and report back to the House.

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