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FG moves against unlicensed service providers

By VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG, Vanguard on 01/03/2014 01:46:28 AM

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THE Federal Government has threatened severe sanction against unlicensed Private Employment Agencies, PEAs, otherwise known as service providers, as it partners with stakeholders to check cases of unfair labour practices in Nigeria.

Speaking through the Minister of Labour and Productivity, FMLP, Chief Emeka Wogu, the government called on the unlicensed PEAs to immediately regularize their operations with the Ministry or face sanctions  provided by Labour Law.

Wogu, who disclosed this in Abuja, explained that towards this end, a National Workshop on Strengthening the Role of Private Employment Agencies, PEAs, in Human Resources Development was being organized to hold on 2nd and 3rd April 2014 at the  Conference Hall of NECA House, Ikeja in Lagos..

According to him, the Ministry, in collaboration with Human Capacity Providers Association of Nigeria (HUCAPA), was organizing the National Workshop as part of efforts at achieving the laudable objectives of the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s Administration for the Labour and Employment Sector of the national economy.

Wogu pointed out that in addition to reducing the incidences of unfair labour practices, the workshop was geared towards strengthening relations with all PEAs while promoting productivity and decent work.

He listed other objectives of the workshop as addressing the emerging trends and challenges in the recruitment industry while also providing a platform for interaction between regulators, operators of recruiters’ license and applicants.

  The Labour Minister further revealed that the workshop was being organized in accordance with the mandate of the Ministry with regards to licensing of qualified companies, including those providing Security Services to operate as Labour contractors and Private Employment Agencies in line with the provisions of Sections 23, 24, 25 and 71 of the Labour Act, CAP L1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Posted on March, 1 2014

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