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FG warns against forced labour, expatriate quota abuse

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

ABUJA—MINISTER of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, weekend, said the Federal Government would not tolerate any form of  forced labour, child trafficking or  abuse of expatriate quota and warned multinational companies operating in the country to desist from such practices or risk severe sanctions.

The Minister said government was taking exception to multinational companies who had formed the habit of abusing the country’s expatriate quota rules by importing low level personnel from their home countries for jobs Nigerians had been trained for.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Labour Minister on Media, Mr. Emmanuel Aziken, said Chief Wogu who spoke when he received the country’s representative of the International Labour Organisation, ILO, Madam Sina Chuma Nkandawire, also solicited the strategic technical partnership of the ILO to enable Nigeria meet its obligations under the ILO’s Global Job Pact.

Chief Wogu restated  government’s determination to use on-going policy measures to boost job creation and said such efforts would, however, not undermine the integrity of the country’s labour laws or international conventions as domesticated by Nigeria.

According to him: “We will make sure that whatever jobs are created are not done through forced labour, child trafficking, but we will create jobs through regular and legal means that respect the dignity of our people. There are laws that govern migration, and one is the fixing of expatriate quota for companies who bring in experts to come into the country.”


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