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FG warns investors against violating labour laws

By Funmi Komolafe
ABUJA—Labour and Productivity Minister, Chief Emeka Wogu yesterday warned  companies operating in Nigeria against violation of the country’s labour laws and warned against exploitation of the workforce by local and foreign companies .

He gave the warning while receiving the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria,  Mr. Mahesh Sachdev in Abuja yesterday.

The Ambassador on his part promised that he would never subscribe to Indian companies in Nigeria cutting corners on any issue.

The minister commended the increasing volume of trade between the two countries and  appealed to the Indian envoy to help address the issue of unfair labour practices by some Indian owned businesses.

Chief Wogu said: “You need to help ensure that Indian companies operate within the labour laws of this country, especially in relation to international labour standards on workers’ rights, fair wages, decent work and occupational safety and health.

India appears to ensure best labour practices and that is why I am asking you to help ensure that what obtains in India applies to Indian owned companies operating in Nigeria. If your practices are good in India let them also be applied in Nigeria,” .

Chief Wogu while affirming the Nigerian government’s openness to investments, nevertheless, stressed the administration’s focus of promoting the local content of employments generated by new investments.

The Minister  expressed interest in the rural employment guarantee scheme and the vocational and skills development programme as practiced in India.

Mr. Sachdev in his address had congratulated the Minister on his appointment and extended the goodwill of the Indian Minister of Labour to Wogu who in turn invited his Indian counterpart to activities marking Nigeria’s 50th anniversary in October, 2010.

The Ambassador who was in the Minister’s office to congratulate him on his appointment said India was ready to offer human resource training to Nigeria.

Mr. Sachdev said: “We will never encourage any Indian company to cut corners and the Indian community is proud to be the second largest employer of labour in Nigeria second only to the Federal Government.”


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