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FG to enrol Newspaper vendors into N-Power Programme

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The Federal Government has promised to enroll members of the Newspaper Vendors Association of Nigeria into the N-Power programme, to enable them acquire some skills.


Labour and employment minister Chris Ngige made the promise on Friday in Abuja when members of the Federal Secretariat branch of the association, led by its chairman, Desmond Obiagwu, paid him a courtesy visit.

Ngige commended the vendors for being good citizens by choosing to earn a decent living through newspaper vending, instead of engaging in criminal activities.

He expressed government’s desire to encourage them in their efforts, stating that government would enroll some of their members into the N-Power programme, a platform where Nigerians could access skills acquisition for development.

According to him, the vendors are also helping government through their work.

“Your association has helped the labour ministry because newspaper marketing is part of information dissemination.

“Through your activity, we get information on brewing labour unrest, and try to nip them in the bud through conciliatory meetings.”

Speaking earlier, Desmond Obiagwu, Chairman, Federal Secretariat branch of the association, had congratulated Ngige on his re-appointment, and wished him success in navigating the “tough” terrain of the labour ministry.

Obiagwu said that Ngige’s numerous achievements during his first tenure, including the approval of a new national minimum wage for workers, informed his re-appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari. 

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Labour charges FG to unveil blueprint to curb insecurity

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has told the Federal Government to come up with a blueprint on how to address the perennial insecurity plaguing the country.


The President of the NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba, made the call while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Monday.

He said that insecurity was thriving in Nigeria, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and that the development was affecting the economy adversely.

Wabba said that government needed to fashion out strategies to tackle the problem, which he said, had resulted to loss of lives in parts of the country.

“This is essential because the primary purpose of every government is actually to provide security for its citizens.

“The issues of COVID-19 and the rising state of insecurity are affecting businesses. More so, this is affecting our farmers and the effect is already being felt.

“So, it is important for us to call on government to address the insecurity in the country.”

According to the unionist, the gains that have been made in recent years are being reversed.

“I think the current strategy deployed in repelling attacks is not working and I think what is required is a new technique and strategy.

He said: “each time, we hear news that we have repelled attacks and that we are defeating the insurgents, whereas the problem is on the increase.

“As we speak to you, many farmers in some communities have been displaced and there is threat to security in Nigeria this farming season.”

Wabba lamented that many farmers had become displaced in their communities, saying that “labour will not fold its hands to allow the situation to continue to deteriorate.

“Without security, businesses cannot flourish; economic activities cannot prosper and investors cannot come in.

“This is a real challenge at this point in time because whatever gains we have made are being reversed.

“In fact, there are new security challenges in every aspect of our endeavour.

“It, therefore, behooves government to come up with concrete strategy to put the security challenges to an end,’’ said Wabba.

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COVID-19: Labour, NECA sign MoU to boost productivity, prevent job losses

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Organised Labour and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), toward boosting productivity, prevent jobs loses, promote health and preserve means of livelihoods of all citizens.
The MOU was signed by the representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Quadri Olaleye, and NECA, Mr Timothy Olawole, on Monday in Abuja.
Wabba, NLC President, said that the signing of the MOU identified critical areas of mutual needs, collaboration and efforts that would enable the social partners to address the fallout of COVID-19 in the country.
According to him, unfortunately, nothing has in recent times threatened the shared interest and aspirations of both employers of labour and workers like the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19 pandemic).
“The disease has successfully put the entire global socio-economic system on almost complete lockdown for the past three months.
“The impact on businesses, workers and livelihood has been monumental.
“According to a recent report released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), 25 million people globally are expected to lose their jobs to the pandemic.
“I am sure this figure was based on early assessment of the COVID-19 situation. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health and business is humongous.
“The urgency of the situation at hand informed the resolve of the social partners in Nigeria, employers’ and workers’ Organisations to work together on developing a shared perspective and resolve aimed at mitigating the storm ahead,’’ he said.
The NLC president, however, said that organized labour’s major concerns going forward included job security, rights at work, social protection and occupational health and safety for all workers in the face of the pandemic.
He also noted that thousands of workers especially the frontline workers had fallen victims to the COVID-19 infection.
“We call on government and private sector employers to provide adequate protective and preventive facilities at work place.
“We will use this framework of the MOU to ensure that workers who fall ill are supported through paid sick leave to recover and be reinstated safely to their positions at work.
“We will also defend existing social protection nets such as pension and gratuity.
“We will continue to work with NECA to put pressure on government to provide business with palliatives, grants and fiscal support incentives.
“This includes downward review of tax and interest rates to give business the breathing space to maintain production,’’ Wabba said.
He also said that labour would also work with employers in the private sector through the social dialogue process to prevent further loss of jobs in the country.
He also stated that labour would ensure the promotion of enterprise competitiveness, decent jobs, and employment creation, among others.
Also NECA Director-General, Mr Timothy Olawale, noted that 90 per cent of businesses, irrespective of their sizes were adversary impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,
Olawale, represented by Mrs Adenike Ajala, Deputy Director, Abuja Corporate Office, said that the MOU was to ensure a sustainable post-COVID-19 economy and job security for the mutual benefit of all.
“We pledge to continue to adhere to the principles of social dialogue in decision making at enterprise level.
“We will also work together in collaboration with government and organised labour to develop initiatives aimed at boosting economic activities and protection of occupational safety and health of workers,’’ he said.
Mr Quadri Olaleye, TUC President, said that it was no longer news, the challenges impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to workers in the world of work.
Olaleye said that the pandemic had threatened the health and safety of millions of people globally and had put immense pressure on jobs, business and livelihood of Nigerians.
According to him, these are dire times and there is need for government to ensure job security in the country.
The TUC president said that there was need for the Federal Government to create more jobs as this was the solution to ensuring peace in the country and not job losses.


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COVID-19: Labour, NECA sign MoU to boost productivity, protect jobs

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Organised Labour and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), toward boosting productivity, prevent jobs loses, promote health and preserve means of livelihoods of all citizens.
The MOU was signed by the representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Quadri Olaleye, and NECA, Mr Timothy Olawole, on Monday in Abuja.
Wabba, NLC President, said that the signing of the MOU identified critical areas of mutual needs, collaboration and efforts that would enable the social partners to address the fallout of COVID-19 in the country.
According to him, unfortunately, nothing has in recent times threatened the shared interest and aspirations of both employers of labour and workers like the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19 pandemic).
“The disease has successfully put the entire global socio-economic system on almost complete lockdown for the past three months.
“The impact on businesses, workers and livelihood has been monumental.
“According to a recent report released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), 25 million people globally are expected to lose their jobs to the pandemic.
“I am sure this figure was based on early assessment of the COVID-19 situation. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health and business is humongous.
“The urgency of the situation at hand informed the resolve of the social partners in Nigeria, employers’ and workers’ Organisations to work together on developing a shared perspective and resolve aimed at mitigating the storm ahead,’’ he said.
The NLC president, however, said that organized labour’s major concerns going forward included job security, rights at work, social protection and occupational health and safety for all workers in the face of the pandemic.
He also noted that thousands of workers especially the frontline workers had fallen victims to the COVID-19 infection.
“We call on government and private sector employers to provide adequate protective and preventive facilities at work place.
“We will use this framework of the MOU to ensure that workers who fall ill are supported through paid sick leave to recover and be reinstated safely to their positions at work.
“We will also defend existing social protection nets such as pension and gratuity.
“We will continue to work with NECA to put pressure on government to provide business with palliatives, grants and fiscal support incentives.
“This includes downward review of tax and interest rates to give business the breathing space to maintain production,’’ Wabba said.
He also said that labour would also work with employers in the private sector through the social dialogue process to prevent further loss of jobs in the country.
He also stated that labour would ensure the promotion of enterprise competitiveness, decent jobs, and employment creation, among others.
Also NECA Director-General, Mr Timothy Olawale, noted that 90 per cent of businesses, irrespective of their sizes were adversary impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,
Olawale, represented by Mrs Adenike Ajala, Deputy Director, Abuja Corporate Office, said that the MOU was to ensure a sustainable post-COVID-19 economy and job security for the mutual benefit of all.
“We pledge to continue to adhere to the principles of social dialogue in decision making at enterprise level.
“We will also work together in collaboration with government and organised labour to develop initiatives aimed at boosting economic activities and protection of occupational safety and health of workers,’’ he said.
Mr Quadri Olaleye, TUC President, said that it was no longer news, the challenges impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to workers in the world of work.
Olaleye said that the pandemic had threatened the health and safety of millions of people globally and had put immense pressure on jobs, business and livelihood of Nigerians.
According to him, these are dire times and there is need for government to ensure job security in the country.
The TUC president said that there was need for the Federal Government to create more jobs as this was the solution to ensuring peace in the country and not job losses.


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COVID-19 may push millions of children into Child Labour – ILO, UNICEF

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The International Labour Organisation(ILO) and UNICEF say millions of children risk going into child labour as a result of the COVID-19 crisis that has affected the world globally.


Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General and Ms Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, said this on Friday in Abuja at a ceremony to mark the 2020 World Day against Child Labour.

The theme of this year’s anniversary is, “COVID-19, Protect Children from Child Labour Now More than Ever”.

Ryder said that a joint ILO-UNICEF new report, entitled: “COVID-19 and Child Labour: A Time of Crisis, a Time to Act” had been released.

He said that the report focused on the impact of COVID-19 on child labour and the elimination of child labour by 2021.

The ILO chief said that the report looked at some of the main ways through which the pandemic was likely to affect progress towards the eradication of child labour.

According to the ILO chief, the report shows how the pandemic can lead to rise in child labour after 20 years of progress made to minimise child labour.

He said that child labour decreased by 94 million since 2000, adding that the gain was now at risk due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Ryder said that the global estimates in 2017 showed that 152 million children were in child labour worldwide.

“Children already in child labour may be working longer hours or under worsening conditions.

“More of them may be forced into the worst forms of labour, which causes significant harm to their health and safety.

“As the pandemic wreaks havoc on family incomes, without support, many may resort to child labour.

“Social protection is vital in times of crisis, as it provides assistance to those who are most vulnerable.

“Integrating child labour concerns across broader policies for education, social protection, justice, labour markets, and international human and labour rights makes a critical difference,” he said.

According to him, some studies have shown that one percentage point rise in poverty leads to at least a 0.7 per cent increase in child labour in certain countries.

Also, Ms Fore said that in times of crisis, child labour became a coping mechanism for many families.

Fore said that as poverty rose, schools closed and the availability of social services decreased as more children would be pushed into the workforce.

“As we re-imagine the world post-COVID, we need to make sure that children and their families have the tools they need to weather similar storms in the future.

“Quality education, social protection services and better economic opportunities can be game changers,” she said.

The UNICEF executive director also said that vulnerable groups, such as those working in the informal economy and migrant workers, would suffer most from economic downturn.

Fore added that there would be increase in unemployment, general fall in living standards, health shocks and insufficient social protection systems, among other pressures.

“Evidence is gradually mounting that child labour is rising as schools close during the pandemic.

“Temporary school closures are currently affecting more than one billion learners in over 130 countries. Even when classes restart, some parents may no longer be able to afford to send their children to school.

“As a result, more children could be forced into exploitative and hazardous jobs.

“Gender inequalities may grow more acute, with girls particularly vulnerable to exploitation in agriculture and domestic work,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ILO and UNICEF proposed a number of measures to counter the threat of increased child labour.

They included more comprehensive social protection, easier access to credit for poor households, promotion of decent work for adults and elimination of school fees to get children back to school, among others.

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