SInce the internal crisis within the NLC peaked with the purported sack of then General Secretary, Comrade John Odah which the NLC was forced to reverse as a result of the ruling of the National Industrial Court (NIC) and subsequent internal discussion, which saw Comrade Odah properly’ retired, all manners of scheming have been going on as to who becomes the substantive general secretary of the NLC. This edition of Labour Vanguard gives an insight into what has been going on and the plan of the NLC leadership not to settle for the best.Read More →
THE National Pension Commission, PenCom, has begun a nationwide interactive meeting with participating retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme, CPS, to get feedback on their pension issues in retirement with a view to seeking ways of making life more comfortable for them.Read More →
Labour Vanguard met the president of Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria, HuCaPan, Mr. Neye Enemigin who spoke on a number of contemporary labour issues, including outsourcing and its effect on the economy. Are workers being fairly treated? What role does HuCaPan play? The role of the Ministry of Labour &Productivity were also discussed during the interview. Details in this edition of Labour Vanguard:Read More →
The Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC) wants the federal government to take urgent steps to end the lingering strike by staff of the nation’s polytechnics and colleges of educationRead More →
All is not well within the Nigeria Labour Congress over the list of delegates to the national conference. Affiliate unions of the NLC took the leadership to task on the manner the list of delegates was drawn up without input from unions that make up the CongressRead More →
NATIONAL Pension Commission, PenCom, has now concluded plans to prosecute private sector employers for breaching the Pension Reform Act, PRA, 2004 especially in relation to remittance of deducted pension contributions into the Contributory Pension Scheme, CPSRead More →
If they had known, maybe they would have asked government to forget its job so they could live together. This is part of the lamentation of Mr Austin Amu, the widower of Mrs Sandra Amun, who lost her life, Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City, where the recruitment exercise of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) took place.Read More →
COMRADE Peter Akpatason is a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Labour, among others in the National Assembly. A former Trustee of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, as well as immediate past President of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, in this interview with Labour Vanguard, he spoke on how The House of Representatives is striving to improve the wellbeing of workers among others.Read More →
As part of its main objective of promoting young and talented African artists, Biodun Omolayo Art Gallery is set to host young and talented award winning Ghanaian water colour artist- Jonathan Kwegyir Aggrey in an exhibition tagged African Essence.Read More →
Chief Omoniyi Bidoja is the secretary of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, branch in Kwara State. In this interview with Pension and You Correspondent in Ilorin, Kwara State, Demola Akinyemi, the septuagenarian spoke on the living condition of pensioners in the state among other related issues.Read More →
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, has advised the Delta State Bureau for State Pension to put in place stronger regulatory and supervisory framework aimed at securing and ensuring compliance with the overall goal of empowering the workers on retirement.Read More →
REPORTS emanating from the Pension industry in Nigeria has revealed that 28 out of the 36 states are yet to fully embrace the contributory pension scheme, CPS, introduced over nine years ago following the Pension Reform Act, PRA, 2004.Read More →
PETROLEUM and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has raised an alarm on the gradual phasing out of pension and gratuity by indigenous employers in the downstream sector of the economy.Read More →
FOLLOWING complaints of sexual harrassment and eventual sack by her management, a former Enterprise Marketing Manager of Microsoft Nigeria Limited, Mrs Ejieke Maduka, headed for the National Industrial Court (NIC) for justice. She had alleged that she had been sexually harassed by her immediate boss.Read More →
KANO and three other states in the North-West zone of the country are yet to key-in their workers into the contributory pension scheme, CPS, nine years into the scheme which came out of the Pension Reform Act, PRA, 2004.Read More →
Prince Adesegun Olusola Ogunlewe, former Lagos State Head of Service, HoS, in this concluding part of his with Olasunkanmi Akoni, told Labour Vanguard that the 14 weeks old strike by Doctors in the state was his most trying moment. The first part of the interview has earlier been published. Excerpts.Read More →
THE 9th Labour Summit of the Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, MINILS, last month, will for a long time to come remain a subject for discourse especially within the labour movement. Besides the theme; Labour Laws, Institutional Reforms and Development Process in Nigeria, speakers were unanimous that current employment laws are not such that guarantee development process in the country.Read More →
Prince Adesegun Olusola Ogunlewe, former Lagos State Head of Service, HoS, in this concluding part of his with Olasunkanmi Akoni, told Labour Vanguard that the 14 weeks old strike by Doctors in the state was his most trying moment. The first part of the interview has earlier been published. Excerpts. Major reforms introduced into theRead More →
TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has said pension and gratuity are legitimate rights of employees that should not be tempered with, declaring that attempt by some employers and political class to surreptitiously discontinue gratuity payment must be resisted.Read More →
NIGERIA Employers Consultative Association, NECA, recently held an interactive session with Labour Correspondents on “Promoting Industrial Harmony, Productivity and National Development in the Post-Reform Era of Power (Electricity) sector: Issues and ChallengesRead More →
DETAILS of how the Cross River Stat Government recovered 26 million Naira between 2012 and 2013 through the Electronic payment of pensioners introduced by the State Pensions Board, have emerged.
While N17 million was recovered in 2012, N9 million was recovered in payments made in the first half of 2013.
Owei Lakemfa, the OATUU scribe, was a student activist, former Acting General secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress and the pioneer Labour Editor of Vanguard .
The KMF annual lecture has been sponsored solely by Friedrich Ebert Stifftung for 17 years.
This edition of Labour Vanguard presents excerpts from his paper which can be described as a well documented history of the Nigerian labour movement.
IN view of challenges facing your sector, how secure is gratuity payment for your members at retirement?
I want to say that gratuity which is separated from pension is still on. The gratuity is not a new phenomenon in the industry. However, there are moves by employers to discontinue it arising from the emergence of contributory pension scheme.
IN view of challenges facing your sector, how secure is gratuity payment for your members at retirement?Read More →
The late Professor Festus Iyayi simply called Festus by his contemporaries was killed by a car in the convoy of the Kogi state government last week. Across the labour movement, news of his death spread like wild fire: Iyayi, who was president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in1986 is no more. For those of us who reported his activities as ASUU president, we knew that the labour movement has lost a committed comrade. He led ASUU to confront the military government on issues affecting the university system.Read More →
Prince Adesegun Olusola Ogunlewe, recently retired from the Lagos State civil service after 34 years. A prince from Igbogbo in the Ikorodu area, he formally bowed out as state’s Head of Service, HoS. He was appointed HoS in May 2010, a position he occupied for three years before retiring on October 10th, 2013. Ogunlewe, in this interview with Olasunkanmi Akoni, shared his experiences with Labour Vanguard.Read More →
NEARLY ten years into the implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme, CPS following the Pension Reform Act, PRA, 2004, none of the five states in the South-East zone has implemented CPS for its workers.Read More →
In recent times, the state of the economy of Nigeria has remained a topic for discussion. Whereas those in government insist the economy is on the right track, others ( not necessarily members of opposition parties) have a different view. For the latter, the economy has not recorded any significant growth. So, what’s the key to making Nigeria’s economy viable and visible for everyone; officials and non-officials. The Federal Ministry of Labour believes the key is “ productivity”. It was therefore no surprise that the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, launched the National Policy on Produtivity.Read More →
ORGANISED labour has warned that inspite of checks against abuses and unethical practices especially corruption in the new Contributory Pension Scheme, CPS, it will not hesistate to declare a national strike should there be any proven case of fraud in CPS.Read More →
Trouble is brewing at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, AOCOED, Ijanikin, Lagos, over N48 million pension fund allegedly un-remitted, and N188million perceived ‘missing’ staff cooperative fund.Read More →
THE Third Quadrennial Delegates Conference, QDC, of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, in the ancient city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, will for sometime to come be an issue for discussion. With the theme Reforms in the Oil and Gas Industry: Catalyst for National Growth and Development, (What prospect for the attainment of Decent Work Agenda?), besides attracting local and international guests, stakeholders in the nation’s petroleum industry, used the occasion to emphasize the need for decent jobs in the sector.Read More →
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, recently held its International Relations Forum in Accra, Ghana. The theme was, Trade Unionism in Nigeria and Global Social Protection, and the venue was Kwame Nkrumah African Labour College, Accra. Labour Vanguard shares with you, the thoughts of the Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity, OATUU, Comrade Owei Lakemfa and the TUC President, as contained in their addresses to participants.Read More →