By Funmi Komolafe &  Leke Adeseri

LAGOS—The federal ministry of Labour and Productivity and the Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria (HuCaPan) are collaborating to tackle the abuses associated with labour outsourcing to bring it in line with Decent Work Agenda of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Government  also expressed the intention to work with other stakeholders to ratify Labour Organisation’s Private Employment Agencies Convention 181 of the ILO .

Many companies in Nigeria utilize the services of private employment agencies in the recruitment of employees especially those that are not engaged in the core business of the companies.

The ministry’s permanent secretary, Dr. Clement Illoh  in his opening address at the second national workshop organized in collaboration with HuCaPan said; “ It is common knowledge that unregistered recruiters are the bane of the industry.   As you know , these faceless operators do not have regards for the core values of the industry especially those relating to the fundamental principles and rights at work”.

Illoh added; “More than anything else, whenever one of our critical stakeholders- the trade unions express concern over the adoption of out sourcing as a preferred mode of employment, it is actually the abuses perpetrated by unregistered operators that they are poised to fight.”

Speaking in the same vein, the President of HuCaPan, Mr. Neye Ochuko Enemigin said the association’s interest in regulation cannot be over-emphasized.

He said; ‘’Regulation is the way to  check  quacks, to ensure that standards are observed and maintained to ensure compliances within laid-down rules and to ensure that professional ethics are observed in line with international best practice”.

Enemigin added that his association is  of the strong view that effective and efficient collaboration between the Ministry and HuCaPan can help to eliminate quacks from the industry, reduce unfair practices by some employers of labour   and enhance   the productivity of outsourced employees.

The International Labour Organization represented by Dr. Runo Onasode noted that Nigeria is yet to ratify Convention 181 on the regulation of Private Employment Agencies.

She said the Convention when ratified among other things is aimed at promotion of workers’ rights and the protection of the rights of migrant workers.

Onasode advised the relevant stakeholders to work towards   the ratification of the ILO Convention.

In his address, the director-general of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Mr. Olusegun Osinowo represented by Mr. Timothy Olawale said participants should use the opportunity of the workshop to address issues  that are very important to them.

He noted that operators have complained about dealing with multiple unions in one sector.

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