FG reads riot act to oper­a­tors of un­li­censed pri­vate em­ploy­ment agencies

Daily Trust - - LABOUR - By Fran­cis Okeke

The Min­is­ter of Labour and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Emeka Wogu has re­it­er­ated the min­istry’s readi­ness to sanc­tion un­reg­is­tered pri­vate em­ploy­ment agencies in the coun­try so as to elim­i­nate quack­ery and en­sure best prac­tices in the sec­tor.

Wogu stated this at a work­shop on “Strength­en­ing the Role of Pri­vate Em­ploy­ment Agencies in Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment” jointly or­ga­nized by the min­istry and Hu­man Cap­i­tal Providers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (HUCAPAN) in La­gos State re­cently.

Rep­re­sented by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the min­istry Cle­ment Il­loh, Wogu said “let me use this op­por­tu­nity to re­it­er­ate that op­er­at­ing as a re­cruiter with­out be­ing li­censed is a vi­o­la­tion of the law. It is also per­ti­nent to em­pha­size that em­ploy­ers who still use the ser­vices of such un­li­censed re­cruiters are vi­o­lat­ing the law and the min­istry would not hes­i­tate to ap­ply the pro­vi­sions of the law to deal with such of­fend­ers.”

He ex­plained that the “the pri­mary pur­pose of the work­shop is to en­sure com­pli­ance to stan­dards in ac­cor­dance with na­tional labour laws and In­ter­na­tional labour con­ven­tions rat­i­fied by Nigeria”.

The min­is­ter added that if so­cial part­ners ad­here to rules and reg­u­la­tions in the labour sec­tor, the in­dus­trial land­scape will ex­pe­ri­ence peace and har­mony.

In her good­will mes­sage, the Di­rec­tor In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion Coun­try Of­fice Ms. Sina Chuma-Mkan­dawire noted that pri­vate em­ploy­ment agencies play vi­tal roles in the labour mar­kets and have gained in­creas­ing promi­nence in the area of job cre­ation, reg­u­la­tion, mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol, adding that HUCAPAN can play vi­tal role in tack­ling the men­ace of un­em­ploy­ment in Nigeria.

Also speak­ing, HUCAPAN Pres­i­dent Mr. Neye Ene­mi­gin said chal­lenges faced by job seek­ers and ca­su­al­iza­tion re­lated is­sues can be min­i­mized in the coun­try by govern­ment reg­u­la­tion through en­sur­ing that only li­censed re­cruiters op­er­ate in the in­dus­try.

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