By Michael Oche, Abuja - From banks to hotels and to construction companies, the scourge of casualization of employment in Nigeria is gaining grounds in an unprecedented proportion. Analysts say the rising case of unemployment is to be blamed for the menace. At a meeting between the NLC and NECA (the umbrellas body of all employers in the country), which was held at the instance of NECA on 2nd May 2002, produced an agreement as follows: Employers who still have casuals will regularize their employment, in regularizing their employment, the rates to be paid will be in accordance with prevailing procedural and substantive collective agreements in the industry, which will also be taken into account in protecting the rights of the workers. Sadly, more than 15 years after that agreement was reached, casualization and contract staffing still persist. Employers of labour in Nigeria are increasingly filling positions in their organizations that are supposed...
By David Abakpa Chairman of Stanel Group, Mr Stanley Uzochukwu on Tuesday hosted Nigerian Naval War College Commandant, Rear Admiral TC Udofia and his entourage at Stanel World in Awka, the Anambra State capital. Admiral Udofia and his team earlier paid a courtesy visit to the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano before stopping over at Stanel World where they were hosted by its Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Uzochukwu. The Naval War College Boss disclosed that Anambra remains the safest state in Nigeria. The Commandant who was impressed by the state of art facility in the ultra modern luxury centre presented an Award to the Philanthropist, Uzochukwu for his giant strides in developing the state and most importantly for taking off the street over 800 unemployed youths who are currently engaged in various positions in the luxury centre. “We are here to see for ourselves the most talked-about luxury brand in the Eastern...
* Labour Minister, Oshiomhole, Agary, Wabba, Kaigama to grace inauguration  Comrade Michael Oche, a foremost Labour correspondent with Leadership Newspaper has been elected chairman of Labour Correspondents Association of  Nigeria (LACAN). He is to takeover from Mr. Soji Eze Fagbemi, the Labour Editor, Nigerian Tribune Newspaper, who has piloted the affairs of the association for a few years. In a keenly contested election held at the Labour House, Abuja on Friday, Comrade Oche was declared the winner after pulling 16 votes out of 27 to defeat Mr. Johnbosco Agbakwuru of Vanguard with eight votes, and Mr. Sam Ogbeifun of Silverbird TV/Rythm with three votes. Other elected executives to pilot the affairs of the association for the next three years are: Tony Akowe of Nation Newspaper, who was elected Vice Chairman with 15 votes to defeat Ekaette Ibuot with 14 votes and Patrick Abulu of African Independent Television (AIT), the General Secretary, with...
By Tope Fayehun Labour unions in Ondo State have rejected the offer made by Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on payment of outstanding pensions and salaries in the state. The unions under the auspices of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) said, they would not accept fractional payment of their salaries arrears and pensions. The workers who are still being owed salaries from September 2016 to January 2017, have been expectant since the announcement of the receipt of the state’s  N7.6 billion share of the Paris club refund. But the state government had in a recent meeting with the labour unions said, the 75 percent of the Paris Club refund, which is N5.7billion, would not be enough to offset all the outstanding salary and pensions for September 2016, thereby suggesting a grade level payment. The workers, in a statement signed by Chairman of NLC in the state,...
By Michael Oche, Abuja - The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees  (NULGE) has urged States Houses of Assembly members to be on the side of Nigerians  and vote in favour of Local Government autonomy, saaying such will ensure a free and unfettered democratic local government system in the country. Addressing journalists in Abuja, NULGE President, Ibrahim Khaleel said with the National Assembly voting in support of Local Government autonomy, attention will now shift to the State Houses. “Our hope is that the State Houses of Assembly will this time around not disappoint majority of Nigerians whose joy at the passage of the bills echoed across the country, by mustering the necessary conviction to likewise vote overwhelmingly for autonomy of local governments,” yesterday while briefing journalists in Abuja. Khaleel commended the leadership and members of the 8th Assembly for overwhelmingly adopting two of the three key bills on local government autonomy, which include,...
By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos Maritime workers have said jobs of most Nigerians are being threatened in the maritime sector as a result of the bill before the national Assembly which is tends to repeal Nigeria Port Authority act 1955. As a result of this promise, Maritime workers Union of Nigeria reemphasized the need for this government not to allow the repeal of NPA act 1955 which it said would lead to job loss in the sector. The bill was sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives, Ossai Nicholas Ossai. The MWUN had earlier petitioned Speaker of the House of Representatives over the passage of the bill, saying it will spell doom for the sector and lead to massive job losses for NPA workers. They also pointed out several economic and security implications of the bill if passed. The union further said the bill seek to legitimize sacking of the existing...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah  The federal government has accused the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress for delays in constituting the tripartite committee expected to see to the implementation of the N56,000 new minimum wage. This was disclosed by the Minister of Labour and Employment,Chris Ngige after the Federal executive council meeting presided over by acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa. He said apart from the tripartite committee chairmanship position which government was yet to appoint, all other members of the committee expected to come from government side have been picked. The Minister, however said the NLC and TUC were yet to submit list of their members that would also constitute the committee. Ngige stated "On the issue of minimum wage, you were here in May when FEC approved the composition of the minimum wage committee. We have since then gone into action, government has approved its representatives which is...
By Michael Oche, Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said the current economic challenges facing the country has caused untold hardship to workers across the country NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba blamed what he described as “recklessness” of the political class for the current economic challenges. Speaking during a familiarization visit to the Nigerian Union of Public Service Reportorial Secretarial, Data Processors and Allied Workers (NUPSRAW), he said it is obviously not the best of times for workers, citing cases of unpaid salaries and pension. He accused political class of relegating the welfare of the workers and the people to the background, stressing that politicians see running for office as an investment. He said, “They go into politics as business. And they try to recoup the investment and make profit. The welfare of the people has been relegated. The primary aim of government is the welfare of the people. But this welfare has...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja The House of Representatives passed for second reading a bill to amend the National Minimum Wage Act to allow for periodic review of the National minimum wage. The bill which seeks to codify and make mandatory, the review of the National minimum wage every five years is titled: "a bill for an Act to mend the national minimum wage Act, cap N.61 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004 and for other related matters". Sponsor of the bill, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila in his debate said that the bill which was coming on the heels of democracy day celebration, seeks to provide for periodic review of the national minimum wage every five years. Gbajabiamila who noted that salary is the major component of people's welfare, regretted that the review of national minimum wage is at the whims and caprice of the government as there is currently no law compelling the...
BY Abubakar Bello Abu Nmodu in his mid-term assessment of governance in Niger State, gives Governor Abubakar Bello thumbs up for doing what is remarkable in the educational and health sectors. When Governor Abubukar Sani Bello popularly called Abu Lolo started in Niger State in May 29, 2015, most of his adversaries never gave him a chance; but as time rolled by, his steps towards the people’s heart gradually won him a great deal of support. He took giant steps amidst paucity of funds to make a mark in the areas of schools renovation, road construction, provision of health facilities, youth empowerment and robust approach to boost agriculture. Those who were doubtful of his ability to deliver because he is indeed slow began to understand that the governor only wanted to be prudent with public resources. He has been able to within two years make desired changes in the state through his Restoration Agenda. The...