Failure to pay salaries, pensions, wages on time will be a criminal offence - Reps

SUCCOUR will soon come the way of workers as House of Representatives is planning to initiate a legislation which seeks to ensure prompt payment of salaries, pensions and other emoluments to workers across the country.



A bill for an Act to prohibit late payment, underpayment of workers’ wage, pension and other emoluments in Nigeria, sighted by Sunday Tribune as being sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, prescribes penalties for violations and other related matters.


As provided in Clause 4(3) of the bill, “an employer who withholds salary, wage, pension and any other benefit and emolument of any worker for a period of seven days and above, in respect of other monetary benefits shall pay 30 per cent of such monetary benefits for the period.”

As provided in the Schedule 1 of the bill, which stipulates the penalties, “an employer who fails in its obligation for a period of 60 days and above shall be liable to fine of 30 per cent of the wage for the duration and one month imprisonment and 30 per cent fine of two months’ wage for a period of 30 to 60 days.

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