The Lagos State House of Assembly has said it is considering a law that would ban the use of under aged persons as domestic staff.
The Speaker of the House, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa who made gave the hint at a Public Hearing on a Bill For a Law for the Registration of Domestic Staff Service Providers in Lagos State and for other Connected Purposes.
According to him, plans are underway to enhance domestic security and welfare with the establishment of the Domestic Staff Service Providers Registry in the state, pointing out that objective of the proposed law is to register Domestic Staff Service Providers operating in Lagos State.
Represented by the Deputy Speaker Mr. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni he said that the House was poised about improving safety in various homes where domestic Registry.
According to him, the House was concerned about improving safety in various homes where domestic staff were engaged, adding that the services of all domestic staff be it house helps, drivers, gardeners, security men and others is quite germane.
“Many homes have suffered one abuse or the other from this house helps. We need to ensure we don’t engage those who will harm us,” he declared.
In her contributions, Mrs Lola Animashaun, a Domestic Service Provider, who commended the bill, said domestic staff must be trained to know the kind of jobs they could do in various homes.
Mrs Oche Meno, Legal Officer, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) harped on the need for the bill to look into the wages and remunerations of the domestic staff.