Bill To Criminalise Late/Non-Payment Of Wages Passes Second Reading

A bill seeking to check the growing cases of non-payment and underpayment of workers’ wages, pension and other emoluments has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill, sponsored by the Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, seeks to criminalise this practice by employers across the country.

Most lawmakers supported the bill during the debate on Tuesday, even as some of them called for caution on how to ensure that the bill is implementable.

With massive unemployment in the country, a lot of workers are underemployed and some employers get away with defaulting in the payments as dictated by the Pension and Health Insurance Acts.

There are also widespread reports among those that are employed of late payment and sometimes non-payment of workers’ wages.

These are issues that members of the House of Representatives believe, the bill will address.

The bill easily scaled through second reading and has been referred to a joint committee for further legislative action.

Also, the bill for an Act to establish an independent NationalAssembly budget and research office passed second reading.


Reps To Penalise Airlines Over Cancellation Of Flights

In a bid to check what they term as lack of respect for passengers, a bill to penalise airlines for delays and cancellations of flights has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

 The bill however led to a debate as some lawmakers were of the opinion that there was no need to enact a law on the matter.

The voice vote however went the way of those in support of the bill and the bill was passed.

The sponsor of the bill, Minority Leader of the House, Representative Femi Gbajabiamila said somebody must be made to take responsibility for the frustrations suffered by many Nigerians.

While most lawmakers agreed that most airlines frequently delay and cancel flights, they were divided over how the issue should be checked.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Aviation for further legislative work.