Federal Government has come under attack by the Organised Labour for her failure to check mate the abuse of the Expatriate Quota by multinationals operating in the country.
Speaking at the commissioning of the multi million naira Kwara/Kogi/Niger branch secretariats of the National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) in Ilorin, the National President of the union, Lateef Oyelekan said the failure of government to act decisively has further compounded the problem of unemployment in the country.
“Our government should take this issue of expatriate quota abuse seriously and take a decision that will be beneficial to the country just as Ghana government has done”, he said.
He noted that the law of the country only allows expatriate on technical ground, but lamented that the multinationals operating in the country no longer respect the law.
According to him, the companies now bring in expatriate as line manager, accountant, sale and marketing manager and other jobs that Nigerians are more qualified for.
He said, “Government should ensure that no expatriate come in for the jobs that Nigerians can do. Specifically marketing and sales, when you make a foreigner to be a marketing director, what the person knows about our terrain and market.
“Most of our jobs have been taking over by the expatriates and we continue to complain of rising unemployment in the country.”
Oyelekan said Organised Labour would no longer tolerate Nigerians being made a second fiddle in their own countries.
Recall that workers in the aviation sector under the umbrella of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) had recently shut down the operations of the Bristow Helicopters and Caverton Helicopters nationwide alleging expatriate quota abuse and gross violation of workers’ rights.
The NUFBTE President said all efforts towards creating more employment should be encouraged, adding that the union through its entrepreneurial venture has over 200 employees.
“Our goal is give all our states branches building of their own and as well empower them to go into business, through that more jobs will be created. This we are doing as our little efforts to support government”, he said.
He stated that the foundation of the new secretariat commissioned was laid in 1993, but his leadership as part of the commitment to position the union as a self sustaining organisation with little reliance on the employers has undertaken several ventures and completed many of such projects.
The Director General of Michael Imoudu Labour Institute (MINILS), Alhaji Saliu Alabi who represented the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige at the commissioning commended the union for its foresight to remain financially relevant in spite of dwindling check off dues.
The Nigeria Breweries Employee Relations Manager, Mr. Niyi Alabi equally described the new building completed in spite of the present recession as a national pride, charging the union to extend the goodwill to other councils.
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