2018 Budget: Silent On New Minimum Wage; NDDC Gets N82Bn, Niger Delta Affairs, N58Bn

(By Chioma Peters) – In spite of the loud agitations and corresponding assurances of a new minimum wage in Nigeria, the 2018 budget made no provision for it.Justifying the omission, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Sen. Danjuma Goje, told newsmen in Abuja that it was not included by the executive because discussions on the matter are yet to be concluded.

Analysts who spoke to Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt on the development were however optimistic that new minimum wage could still be possible through a supplementary budget, when the committee considering the matter concludes its work and the executive sends the proposal to the National Assembly for approval.

Meanwhile, Power, Works and Housing got the highest allocation of N682,959,550,242; Transportation, N251,420,000.000; Defence, N157,715,439.613; Agriculture and Rural Development, N149,198,139.0 37; Water Resources got N147,199,614,645; NDDC, N81,882,555,891; Industry, Trade and Investment, N105,156,176,854; National Assembly received N139,500,000,000; National Judicial Council got N109,063,630,546; while Education was empowered with N102,907,290,833; Health, N86,482,848,198; Environment, N17,492,955,833 ;Niger Delta Affairs, N58,082,611,977; Special intervention programme got N150,000,000,00; Grants and donor funded projects, N169,919,791,292 while Zonal intervention projects got N100,000,000.

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