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L abour lauds FG on local content policy

UFOMA UZUEGU, Asst News Editor

Organized labour under the aegis of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has commended the Federal Government on the local content policy which aims at developing the entrepreneurial and manpower capacity and expertise of Nigerians.
The Congress which  gave the commendation in a communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC ) meeting held weekend in Lagos, noted , however, that the process of integrating the human and material local content into the facets of industries leave much to e desired.
The communiqué signed y Comrades Bobboi Bala Kaigama and (Barr)Musa Lawal, President and Secretary-General, respectively, noted also that since the policy was enacted in 2010, there has  been no yard stick to measure the progress being made and the gaps to  be corrected , including the intervention that may e required at necessary intervals.
It read inter alia : “The Congress further notes that the entrepreneurs that are being empowered are compromising standards and flagrantly breaching workplace rights and decent work principles with intimidation and victimization.”
The NEC-in –Session called on the relevant arms of Government and its agencies to effectively monitor and ensure compliance with extant national and la…our laws to foster justice, fair play and due process on employment and la…our matters.
On the Petroleum Industry Bill, the  Congress expressed regret over  the continued uncertainties on the passage of the PIB in the predictable future which is seemingly affecting the spate of dis-investment and downsizing of operations in the industry.
“The Congress is worried that further delays in the passage is inimical to the Nigeria economy in the face of the oil discoveries and attractions by the economics that have newly discover oil and willing to attract investors with more concessions and waivers that could make Nigeria to be uncompetitive.
“ It therefore , urges  the Federal Government to expedite action in passing the PIB into law in earnest failing which the Congress would be left with no other option than to embark on industrial action to press for its passage”, the communiqué stated.
On  the Gratuity Scheme:, The NEC-in-session condemned the prosecuted plan by employers in the Private Sector through the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) to scrap or abolish Gratuity Benefits from the existing Retirement Benefits in the Country, and also call for the re-emplacement of GrOrganized labour under the aegis of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has commended the Federal Government on the local content policy which aims at developing the entrepreneurial and manpower capacity and expertise of Nigerians.
The Congress which  gave the commendation in a communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC ) meeting held weekend in Lagos, noted , however, that the process of integrating the human and material local content into the facets of industries leave much to e desired.
The communiqué signed y Comrades Bobboi Bala Kaigama and (Barr)Musa Lawal, President and Secretary-General, respectively, noted also that since the policy was enacted in 2010, there has  been no yard stick to measure the progress being made and the gaps to  be corrected , including the intervention that may e required at necessary intervals.
It read inter alia : “The Congress further notes that the entrepreneurs that are being empowered are compromising standards and flagrantly breaching workplace rights and decent work principles with intimidation and victimization.”
The NEC-in –Session called on the relevant arms of Government and its agencies to effectively monitor and ensure compliance with extant national and la…our laws to foster justice, fair play and due process on employment and la…our matters.
On the Petroleum Industry Bill, the  Congress expressed regret over  the continued uncertainties on the passage of the PIB in the predictable future which is seemingly affecting the spate of dis-investment and downsizing of operations in the industry.
“The Congress is worried that further delays in the passage is inimical to the Nigeria economy in the face of the oil discoveries and attractions by the economics that have newly discover oil and willing to attract investors with more concessions and waivers that could make Nigeria to be uncompetitive.
“ It therefore , urges  the Federal Government to expedite action in passing the PIB into law in earnest failing which the Congress would be left with no other option than to embark on industrial action to press for its passage”, the communiqué stated.
On  the Gratuity Scheme:, The NEC-in-session condemned the prosecuted plan by employers in the Private Sector through the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) to scrap or abolish Gratuity Benefits from the existing Retirement Benefits in the Country, and also call for the re-emplacement of Gratuity in the public sector.
“The Union resolves to fight with all legitimate means at disposal to ensure the emplacement and the continued existence of Gratuity Scheme in our industrial relations system.
“ Illegal Recruitment In The Public Service: The NEC in session condemns in its entirety the proven cases of illegal recruitment now prevalent in the Public Service
“The Council noted that this ill-advised practice is killing the morale of serving public servants who are made to report to people who were their juniors in school.
“ The Council then advised very thoroughly that henceforth recruitment into the public service should be strictly guided by the Public Service Rules, Scheme of Service and Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Discipline in the Public Service.”, the communiqué further read.
The NEC in session views with utmost disgust, the recurring trend of casualisation in the nation’s  industrial relations system, and considered  it as anti-labour , which does not promote decent labour and should be discouraged.
On Cost of Governance And The Nigerian Economy,  The Council observed that over the years Nigerians had  been calling for reduction in the cost of governance across board, and restating that the level of wastage and corruption in the system is becoming alarming and injurious to the system.
The Council also noted that the direct cost of maintaining political office holders and their retinue of unnecessary aides is outrageous. It therefore, called on the federal and state governments to look critically into this issue and take logical corrective actions before even contemplating imposition of any austerity measures.

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