The Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Sen. Danjuma Goje has disclosed that no provision was made for any increment in the minimum wage in the 2018 budget. He made this known in a briefing to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja shortly after the 2018 Appropriation Bill was passed.

According to him, the failure to capture the wage in the budget may have been due to the deliberation on the issue not concluded.

“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.

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“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.

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