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Labour Ministry, NECA disagree over recruiter’s licence

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

LAGOS — LABOUR and Productivity Ministry and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, yesterday in Lagos, disagreed over the desirability or otherwise of  recruiter’s licence being issued to outsourcing companies, generally referred to as third party employers.

While NECA, represented by its Director-General, Mr. Segun Osinowo, said it was not necessary, describing it as a threat to business, the Ministry represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Alex Aliagor, argued that it was not only necessary, but also needed to check the proliferation of unfair labour practices and promote decent employment in the face of employers’ avarice for profit maximation.

Osinowo who stirred the hornet nest during his remarks at the inauguration of the Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria, HUCAPAN, where he faulted the granting of recruiter’s licence, insisted that employers should not be dictated to on how to run their businesses.

According to him, “in whatever yo are doing, you should take into cognisance that without organisation, there will be no employees, not to even talk of workers’ rights. We should know that business has rights. We should not be dictated to on how to run our businesses in as such as we operate in accordance with labour.”

He posited that since the companies had already been registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission, employers should be left to determine the type of employees, whether wholly an outsourced staff or otherwise.

Arogundade reacts
But in a swift reaction, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour, represented by the Controller, Lagos State Office of Ministry of Labour, Mrs Nofisat Arogundade, defended the desirability of recruiter’s licence and insisted that no outsourcing company should operate without first getting approval from the ministry.

Arogundade said it was the role of the Labour Ministry to regulate employment in the country for now and that experience had shown that some employers in their desperate bid to maximise profit, do not bother about health, rights and well-being of the human capital.


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