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  •  The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has urged the Federal State and Local Governments to support businesses and citizens in easing the loss caused by the recent flooding in the country This is contained in a statement by Director General of NECA Mr Adewale Oyerinde in a statement on Sunday Oyerinde said that the floods had further compounded the high cost of living compelling many to migrate from their abode to other higher grounds with various social economic and unemployment consequences The destruction of personal and economic infrastructure has invariably created circumstantial economic refugees The consequences of the floods on the already fragile economy and pauperised citizens can only be imagined While the cause of the floods remain controversial the reality of billions of naira lost and lives prematurely wiped away cannot be denied he said He also called for the design of appropriate policies in addressing the climate change effects in order to meet the 2050 United Nations declaration on global warming The recent flood that is ravaging many parts of the country calls for urgent attention and retrospect from all and sundry Nigeria has been more focused on post disaster flood response than control Reducing and addressing exposure to flood risk should now be a national priority in the government s disaster risk management agenda he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA said 500 persons died in the floods NEMA said 2 504 095 persons were affected by the worst natural disaster that ravaged the country in several years in the 33 out of the 36 states The federal government had also revealed that 45 249 houses have been totally destroyed while 70 566 hectares of farmlands have been damaged The latest data was contained in the updated 2022 Flood Data released by NEMA which also stated that about 1 302 589 persons had been rendered homeless as a result of the humanitarian crisis NAN reports that the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development had already likened the flooding in Nigeria this year to the last major flooding in 2012 which killed 363 people and displaced 600 000 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Association calls for emergency assistance for victims of flood
     The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has urged the Federal State and Local Governments to support businesses and citizens in easing the loss caused by the recent flooding in the country This is contained in a statement by Director General of NECA Mr Adewale Oyerinde in a statement on Sunday Oyerinde said that the floods had further compounded the high cost of living compelling many to migrate from their abode to other higher grounds with various social economic and unemployment consequences The destruction of personal and economic infrastructure has invariably created circumstantial economic refugees The consequences of the floods on the already fragile economy and pauperised citizens can only be imagined While the cause of the floods remain controversial the reality of billions of naira lost and lives prematurely wiped away cannot be denied he said He also called for the design of appropriate policies in addressing the climate change effects in order to meet the 2050 United Nations declaration on global warming The recent flood that is ravaging many parts of the country calls for urgent attention and retrospect from all and sundry Nigeria has been more focused on post disaster flood response than control Reducing and addressing exposure to flood risk should now be a national priority in the government s disaster risk management agenda he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA said 500 persons died in the floods NEMA said 2 504 095 persons were affected by the worst natural disaster that ravaged the country in several years in the 33 out of the 36 states The federal government had also revealed that 45 249 houses have been totally destroyed while 70 566 hectares of farmlands have been damaged The latest data was contained in the updated 2022 Flood Data released by NEMA which also stated that about 1 302 589 persons had been rendered homeless as a result of the humanitarian crisis NAN reports that the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development had already likened the flooding in Nigeria this year to the last major flooding in 2012 which killed 363 people and displaced 600 000 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Association calls for emergency assistance for victims of flood
    General news3 months ago

    Association calls for emergency assistance for victims of flood

    The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has urged the Federal, State and Local Governments to support businesses and citizens in easing the loss caused by the recent flooding in the country.

    This is contained in a statement by Director-General of NECA, Mr Adewale Oyerinde,  in a statement on Sunday.

    Oyerinde said that the floods had further compounded the high cost of living, compelling many to migrate from their abode to other higher grounds with various social, economic and unemployment consequences.

    ”The destruction of personal and economic infrastructure has invariably created circumstantial economic refugees.

    “The consequences of the floods on the already fragile economy and pauperised citizens can only be imagined.

    ‘’While the cause of the floods remain controversial, the reality of billions of naira lost and lives prematurely wiped away cannot be denied,” he said.

    He also called for the design of appropriate policies in addressing the climate change effects in order to meet the 2050 United Nations declaration on global warming.

    ‘’The recent flood that is ravaging many parts of the country calls for urgent attention and retrospect from all and sundry.

    ‘’Nigeria has been more focused on post-disaster flood response than control.

    ‘’Reducing and addressing exposure to flood risk should now be a national priority in the government’s disaster risk management agenda, ‘’  he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said 500 persons died in the floods.

    NEMA said 2,504, 095 persons were affected by the worst natural disaster that ravaged the country in several years in the 33 out of the 36 states.

    The federal government had also revealed that 45,249 houses have been totally destroyed while 70,566 hectares of farmlands have been damaged.

    The latest data was contained in the updated 2022 Flood Data released by NEMA, which also stated that about 1, 302, 589 persons had been rendered homeless as a result of the humanitarian crisis.

    NAN reports that the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development had already likened the flooding in Nigeria this year to the last major flooding in 2012, which killed 363 people and displaced 600,000.
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  •  Mr Josep Ari the Director General D G Industrial Training Fund ITF has called for integration of vocational studies in schools curricular to address unemployment in Nigeria Ari said this at a meeting with the Director General of the Nigerian Employees Consultative Association NECA Mr Wale Smatt Oyerinde in Abuja The meeting was centered on effective execution of the Technical Skills Development Project It is a joint initiative by the ITF and NECA aimed at ensuring availability of middle level manpower with the appropriate Technical and Vocational Skills to meet the identified needs of industries in Nigeria Ari said the change was necessary given the rising case of unemployment in the country Unemployment is rising daily and we want more Nigerians to embrace skills acquisition because white collar jobs are becoming almost non existent Ari pledged that ITF would continue to work with NECA and other relevant stakeholders toward finding lasting solution to the problem He said ITF was working towards ensuring a national apprenticeship training system According to him Technical Vocational Education and Training TVET is a veritable tool for changing the unemployment narrative of the country Ari said ITF and NECA are ready to empower Nigerians with the requisite skills Also speaking the Director General of NECA Mr Wale Smatt Oyerinde harped on development of the technical ability of Nigerians He said that most developed countries were driven by the technical ability of the people Our country is faced with huge challenges and we need to join hands to tackle them We have an unemployment rate of about 33 per cent with under employment rate of about 20 per cent With these figures we know that it has become imperative to deepen our collaboration he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ITF and NECA are training institutions that empower people in Hydraulics Machining and Pipe fitting Plumbi Welding and Fabrication among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ITF D-G calls for integration of vocational studies in schools’ curricula
     Mr Josep Ari the Director General D G Industrial Training Fund ITF has called for integration of vocational studies in schools curricular to address unemployment in Nigeria Ari said this at a meeting with the Director General of the Nigerian Employees Consultative Association NECA Mr Wale Smatt Oyerinde in Abuja The meeting was centered on effective execution of the Technical Skills Development Project It is a joint initiative by the ITF and NECA aimed at ensuring availability of middle level manpower with the appropriate Technical and Vocational Skills to meet the identified needs of industries in Nigeria Ari said the change was necessary given the rising case of unemployment in the country Unemployment is rising daily and we want more Nigerians to embrace skills acquisition because white collar jobs are becoming almost non existent Ari pledged that ITF would continue to work with NECA and other relevant stakeholders toward finding lasting solution to the problem He said ITF was working towards ensuring a national apprenticeship training system According to him Technical Vocational Education and Training TVET is a veritable tool for changing the unemployment narrative of the country Ari said ITF and NECA are ready to empower Nigerians with the requisite skills Also speaking the Director General of NECA Mr Wale Smatt Oyerinde harped on development of the technical ability of Nigerians He said that most developed countries were driven by the technical ability of the people Our country is faced with huge challenges and we need to join hands to tackle them We have an unemployment rate of about 33 per cent with under employment rate of about 20 per cent With these figures we know that it has become imperative to deepen our collaboration he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ITF and NECA are training institutions that empower people in Hydraulics Machining and Pipe fitting Plumbi Welding and Fabrication among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ITF D-G calls for integration of vocational studies in schools’ curricula
    Economy5 months ago

    ITF D-G calls for integration of vocational studies in schools’ curricula

    Mr Josep Ari, the Director-General (D-G), Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has called for integration of vocational studies in schools’ curricular to address unemployment in Nigeria.

    Ari said this at a meeting with the Director-General of the Nigerian Employees Consultative Association (NECA), Mr Wale-Smatt Oyerinde in Abuja.

    The meeting was centered on effective execution of the Technical Skills Development Project.

    It is a joint initiative by the ITF and NECA aimed at ensuring availability of middle-level manpower with the appropriate Technical and Vocational Skills to meet the identified needs of industries in Nigeria.

    Ari said the change was necessary given the rising case of unemployment in the country.

    “Unemployment is rising daily and we want more Nigerians to embrace skills acquisition because white collar jobs are becoming almost non-existent.

    ’’ Ari pledged that ITF would continue to work with NECA and other relevant stakeholders toward finding lasting solution to the problem.

    He said ITF was working towards ensuring a national apprenticeship training system.

    According to him, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a veritable tool for changing the unemployment narrative of the country.

    Ari said, “ITF and NECA are ready to empower Nigerians with the requisite skills.

    ’’ Also speaking, the Director-General of NECA, Mr Wale-Smatt Oyerinde harped on development of the technical ability of Nigerians.

    He said that most developed countries were driven by the technical ability of the people.

    “Our country is faced with huge challenges and we need to join hands to tackle them.

    “We have an unemployment rate of about 33 per cent with under employment rate of about 20 per cent.

    “With these figures, we know that it has become imperative to deepen our collaboration,’’ he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ITF and NECA are training institutions that empower people in Hydraulics, Machining and Pipe-fitting (Plumbi Welding and Fabrication among others.


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  •  The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has lauded the Federal Government for suspending the proposed telecoms tax in view of the economic challenges faced by operators and Nigerians in general The Director General Mr Wale Oyerinde made the commendation in a statement on Tuesday We commend the government for suspending the telecoms tax as it has the potential to compound the challenges of the sector and further burden Nigerians At a time when the purchasing power of the citizens is being eroded by inflation and other negative economic indices and the telecoms industry is critically challenged the best that government can do is to provide relief for the citizens and business owners notwithstanding its dwindling revenue he said Oyerinde urged the government to desist from increasing excise on spirits alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages as being proposed He said that the increases if implemented would not only worsen the already bad situation of the industry but also create a major shock leading to job losses According to him businesses are not striving to be competitive again but are now more concerned with sustainability Oyerinde said Rather than overburden businesses that are already struggling government should explore other options for increasing revenue This can be through widening the tax net reducing governance costs addressing the massive oil theft and dealing with the unsustainable subsidy regime The trend of multiplicity of taxes and other unfavorable economic factors have led to the shut down of many businesses while some others relocated to neighboring countries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NECA lauds govt. for suspending telecoms tax
     The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has lauded the Federal Government for suspending the proposed telecoms tax in view of the economic challenges faced by operators and Nigerians in general The Director General Mr Wale Oyerinde made the commendation in a statement on Tuesday We commend the government for suspending the telecoms tax as it has the potential to compound the challenges of the sector and further burden Nigerians At a time when the purchasing power of the citizens is being eroded by inflation and other negative economic indices and the telecoms industry is critically challenged the best that government can do is to provide relief for the citizens and business owners notwithstanding its dwindling revenue he said Oyerinde urged the government to desist from increasing excise on spirits alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages as being proposed He said that the increases if implemented would not only worsen the already bad situation of the industry but also create a major shock leading to job losses According to him businesses are not striving to be competitive again but are now more concerned with sustainability Oyerinde said Rather than overburden businesses that are already struggling government should explore other options for increasing revenue This can be through widening the tax net reducing governance costs addressing the massive oil theft and dealing with the unsustainable subsidy regime The trend of multiplicity of taxes and other unfavorable economic factors have led to the shut down of many businesses while some others relocated to neighboring countries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NECA lauds govt. for suspending telecoms tax
    General news5 months ago

    NECA lauds govt. for suspending telecoms tax

    The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has lauded the Federal Government for suspending the proposed telecoms tax in view of the economic challenges faced by operators and Nigerians in general.

    The Director-General, Mr Wale Oyerinde, made the commendation in a statement on Tuesday.

    “We commend the government for suspending the telecoms tax as it has the potential to compound the challenges of the sector and further burden Nigerians.

    “At a time when the purchasing power of the citizens is being eroded by inflation and other negative economic indices and the telecoms industry is critically challenged, the best that government can do is to provide relief for the citizens and business owners, notwithstanding its dwindling revenue, “ he said.

    Oyerinde urged the government to desist from increasing excise on spirits, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as being proposed.

    He said that the increases,if implemented, would not only worsen the already bad situation of the industry, but also create a major shock, leading to job losses.

    According to him, businesses are not striving to be competitive again, but are now more concerned with sustainability.

    Oyerinde said: “Rather than overburden businesses that are already struggling, government should explore other options for increasing revenue.

    “This can be through widening the tax net; reducing governance costs; addressing the massive oil theft; and dealing with the unsustainable subsidy regime.

    ”The trend of multiplicity of taxes and other unfavorable economic factors have led to the shut down of many businesses while some others relocated to neighboring countries.


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  •  Some workers in the North East have advocated for review of the Federal Government s National Housing Programme NHP to enable more Nigerians to own decent houses The workers and other stakeholders made the call in Bauchi Damaturu Dutse Gombe Maiduguri and Yola while responding to the News Agency of Nigeria survey on NHP implementation They said the call was imperative to mobilise participation and fast track successful implementation of the programme The NHP is the housing component of the President Muhammadu Buhari Economic Sustainability Plan to deliver affordable housing and millions of jobs for Nigerians The programme seeks to construct 300 000 houses across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT for low income earners and create up to 1 8 million jobs in the Construction Value Chain It is also designed to increase domestic production of construction materials through economies of scale as well as increase access to home ownership for low income earners through reduced housing cost and alternative financing options However high cost of the houses has been a source of concern to the workers as most of the respondants said they could not afford the exorbitant prices Available data on the NHP verified portal being handled by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing indicated that a number of the houses were currently on sale across the country According to the ministry prices of the completed houses in Dutse Jigawa indicated that one bedroom bungalow costs over N9 268 million and two bedroom bungalow N12 398 million while three bedroom bungalow costs N16 491 million respectively Some workers in Damaturu Yobe bemoaned the high cost of houses built by the Federal Government under the NHP They said the houses were beyond the reach of ordinary Nigerian Alhaji Mohammed Alka of the National Directorate of Employment NDE said he did not apply for the houses under the scheme because it would attract high deductions from his salary The deduction of over N40 000 from my salary is much If I agreed to it I won t be able to fend for my family Again according to the National Housing Fund website the prices of one bedroom two bedroom three bedroom and Duplex houses range from N7 million to over N16 million I have since given up because these houses are too expensive for a low income earner he said A staffer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA in Damaturu Rabiu Haruna also said he could not afford the 20 and 30 per cent down payment as required under the scheme Saleh Mohammed who is with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA said the over N12 million price for the scheme s two bedroom flat was on the high side I can get a land and build a two bedroom flat here in Damaturu with half of that amount he said A worker with Federal University Gashua Yobe Adamu Saleh said the houses were built in the outskirts of the town which he felt was unsafe Also Mr Haliru Ibrahim a retired worker in Bauchi said Nigerians could not access the houses due to cumbersome processes He said workers were not getting the houses inspite of monthly deduction which was being effected from the salary of a worker and remitted to the NHF account from the point of entry to retirement If you are lucky you get your money back There is really no hope in the system he said Another worker Mr Alhassan Usman described the concept of the NHP as welcome initiative adding that if effectively implemented it would address the wide gap of housing deficit in the country Let s have the hope that whenever we retire we will have reasons to be happy and proud he said In Borno the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC said its members were not befitting from the Federal Government s housing programme in the past three years NLC Chairman in the state Mr Yusuf Inuwa attributed the trend to misunderstanding resulting from monthly deductions for those who had benefited from the programme He said that while deductions were being made from beneficiaries salaries the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN claimed it has not been recieving the required remittance from government This to us is a problem between the bank and Ministry of Finance and should not affect workers he said He said workers in the state were disturbed particularly those eager to access house refurbishment loan We appeal to the management of the bank to come to aid of workers We want them to resolve this matter with the ministry so that our members can start benefitting from the loan again Inuwa said Responding Controller of Housing in Yobe Mr JCN Wannang said that 38 blocks of houses had been completed under the scheme in Damaturu He said 24 of the houses were two bedroom 12 three bedroom and two blocks of one bedroom bungalow Wannang said all the necessary facilities were installed in and around the houses which would soon be inaugurated and released to successful applicants Additionally the Federal Government had so far inaugurated 76 housing units in Dutse Jigawa under the first phase of the NHP The project comprised four units of one bedroom bungalow 24 units of three bedroom bungalow and 48 units of 2 bedroom bungalow The project was designed with roads drains water and electricity supply facilities Also The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN had constructed 100 houses in Dutse Accordinng to the bank the project is being implemented in collaboration with Nigerian Labour Congress NLC Trade Union Congress TUC and the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association NECA Moreso the Federal Government in May inaugurated 76 housing units in Gombe under the NHP of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing The 76 housing units comprised 48 units of two bedroom bungalow 24 units of three bedroom bungalow and four units of one bedroom bungalow For Ibrahim Baba and Abigiel Jesper both workers in Damaturu and Yola said review of the scheme would address housing deficit and assist more Nigerians Baba said that downward review of the prices would enable more Nigerians to own houses and benefit from the scheme While Jesper stressed that such review was necessary to reposition the scheme to enable it to achieve the set objectives www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Workers seek review of National Housing Programme
     Some workers in the North East have advocated for review of the Federal Government s National Housing Programme NHP to enable more Nigerians to own decent houses The workers and other stakeholders made the call in Bauchi Damaturu Dutse Gombe Maiduguri and Yola while responding to the News Agency of Nigeria survey on NHP implementation They said the call was imperative to mobilise participation and fast track successful implementation of the programme The NHP is the housing component of the President Muhammadu Buhari Economic Sustainability Plan to deliver affordable housing and millions of jobs for Nigerians The programme seeks to construct 300 000 houses across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT for low income earners and create up to 1 8 million jobs in the Construction Value Chain It is also designed to increase domestic production of construction materials through economies of scale as well as increase access to home ownership for low income earners through reduced housing cost and alternative financing options However high cost of the houses has been a source of concern to the workers as most of the respondants said they could not afford the exorbitant prices Available data on the NHP verified portal being handled by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing indicated that a number of the houses were currently on sale across the country According to the ministry prices of the completed houses in Dutse Jigawa indicated that one bedroom bungalow costs over N9 268 million and two bedroom bungalow N12 398 million while three bedroom bungalow costs N16 491 million respectively Some workers in Damaturu Yobe bemoaned the high cost of houses built by the Federal Government under the NHP They said the houses were beyond the reach of ordinary Nigerian Alhaji Mohammed Alka of the National Directorate of Employment NDE said he did not apply for the houses under the scheme because it would attract high deductions from his salary The deduction of over N40 000 from my salary is much If I agreed to it I won t be able to fend for my family Again according to the National Housing Fund website the prices of one bedroom two bedroom three bedroom and Duplex houses range from N7 million to over N16 million I have since given up because these houses are too expensive for a low income earner he said A staffer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA in Damaturu Rabiu Haruna also said he could not afford the 20 and 30 per cent down payment as required under the scheme Saleh Mohammed who is with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA said the over N12 million price for the scheme s two bedroom flat was on the high side I can get a land and build a two bedroom flat here in Damaturu with half of that amount he said A worker with Federal University Gashua Yobe Adamu Saleh said the houses were built in the outskirts of the town which he felt was unsafe Also Mr Haliru Ibrahim a retired worker in Bauchi said Nigerians could not access the houses due to cumbersome processes He said workers were not getting the houses inspite of monthly deduction which was being effected from the salary of a worker and remitted to the NHF account from the point of entry to retirement If you are lucky you get your money back There is really no hope in the system he said Another worker Mr Alhassan Usman described the concept of the NHP as welcome initiative adding that if effectively implemented it would address the wide gap of housing deficit in the country Let s have the hope that whenever we retire we will have reasons to be happy and proud he said In Borno the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC said its members were not befitting from the Federal Government s housing programme in the past three years NLC Chairman in the state Mr Yusuf Inuwa attributed the trend to misunderstanding resulting from monthly deductions for those who had benefited from the programme He said that while deductions were being made from beneficiaries salaries the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN claimed it has not been recieving the required remittance from government This to us is a problem between the bank and Ministry of Finance and should not affect workers he said He said workers in the state were disturbed particularly those eager to access house refurbishment loan We appeal to the management of the bank to come to aid of workers We want them to resolve this matter with the ministry so that our members can start benefitting from the loan again Inuwa said Responding Controller of Housing in Yobe Mr JCN Wannang said that 38 blocks of houses had been completed under the scheme in Damaturu He said 24 of the houses were two bedroom 12 three bedroom and two blocks of one bedroom bungalow Wannang said all the necessary facilities were installed in and around the houses which would soon be inaugurated and released to successful applicants Additionally the Federal Government had so far inaugurated 76 housing units in Dutse Jigawa under the first phase of the NHP The project comprised four units of one bedroom bungalow 24 units of three bedroom bungalow and 48 units of 2 bedroom bungalow The project was designed with roads drains water and electricity supply facilities Also The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN had constructed 100 houses in Dutse Accordinng to the bank the project is being implemented in collaboration with Nigerian Labour Congress NLC Trade Union Congress TUC and the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association NECA Moreso the Federal Government in May inaugurated 76 housing units in Gombe under the NHP of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing The 76 housing units comprised 48 units of two bedroom bungalow 24 units of three bedroom bungalow and four units of one bedroom bungalow For Ibrahim Baba and Abigiel Jesper both workers in Damaturu and Yola said review of the scheme would address housing deficit and assist more Nigerians Baba said that downward review of the prices would enable more Nigerians to own houses and benefit from the scheme While Jesper stressed that such review was necessary to reposition the scheme to enable it to achieve the set objectives www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Workers seek review of National Housing Programme
    General news5 months ago

    Workers seek review of National Housing Programme

    Some workers in the North-East have advocated for review of the Federal Government’s National Housing Programme (NHP), to enable more Nigerians to own decent houses.

    The workers and other stakeholders made the call in Bauchi, Damaturu, Dutse, Gombe, Maiduguri  and Yola while responding to the News Agency of Nigeria survey on NHP implementation.

    They said the call was imperative to mobilise participation and fast track successful implementation of the programme.

    The NHP is the housing component of the President Muhammadu Buhari Economic Sustainability Plan to deliver affordable housing and millions of jobs for Nigerians.

    The programme seeks to construct 300,000 houses across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for low income earners, and create up to 1.8 million jobs in the Construction Value Chain.

    It is also designed to increase domestic production of construction materials through economies of scale as well as increase access to home ownership for low income earners through reduced housing cost and alternative financing options.

    However, high cost of the houses has been a source of concern to the workers as most of the respondants said they could not afford the exorbitant prices.

    Available data on the NHP verified portal being handled by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing indicated that a number of the houses were currently on sale across the country.

    According to the ministry, prices of the completed houses in Dutse, Jigawa, indicated that one-bedroom bungalow costs over N9.268 million, and two-bedroom bungalow N12.398 million while three-bedroom bungalow costs N16.491 million respectively.

    Some workers in Damaturu, Yobe, bemoaned the high cost of houses built by the Federal Government under the NHP.

    They said the houses were beyond the reach of ordinary Nigerian.

    Alhaji Mohammed Alka of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), said he did not apply for the houses under the scheme because it would attract high deductions from his salary.

    “The deduction of over N40,000 from my salary is much, If I agreed to it, I won’t be able to fend for my family.

    “Again, according to the National Housing Fund website, the prices of one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and Duplex houses range from N7 million to over N16 million.

    “I have since given up because these houses are too expensive for a low income earner,” he said.

    A staffer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in Damaturu, Rabiu Haruna, also said he could not afford the 20 and 30 per cent down payment as required under the scheme.

    Saleh Mohammed, who is with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said the over N12 million price for the scheme’s two-bedroom flat was on the high side.

    “I can get a land and build a two-bedroom flat here in Damaturu with half of that amount,” he said.

    A worker with Federal University, Gashua, Yobe, Adamu Saleh, said the houses were built in the outskirts of the town, which he felt was unsafe.

    Also, Mr Haliru Ibrahim, a retired worker in Bauchi, said Nigerians could not access the houses due to cumbersome processes.

    He said workers were not getting the houses inspite of monthly deduction which was being effected from the salary of a worker and remitted to the NHF account from the point of entry to retirement.

    “If you are lucky, you get your money back.

    There is really no hope in the system,” he said.

    Another worker, Mr Alhassan Usman, described the concept of the NHP as welcome initiative, adding that if effectively implemented, it would address the wide gap of housing deficit in the country.  

    “Let’s have the hope that whenever we retire, we will have reasons to be happy and proud,” he said.

    In Borno, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said its members were not befitting from the Federal Government’s housing programme in the past three years.

    NLC Chairman in the state, Mr Yusuf Inuwa attributed the trend to misunderstanding resulting from monthly deductions for those who had benefited from the programme.

    He said that while deductions were being made from beneficiaries salaries, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) claimed it has not been recieving the required remittance from government.

    “This to us is a problem between the bank and Ministry of Finance, and should not affect workers,” he said.

    He said workers in the state were disturbed, particularly those eager to access house refurbishment loan.

    “We appeal to the management of the bank to come to aid of workers.

    “We want them to resolve this matter with the ministry so that our members can start benefitting from the loan again,” Inuwa said.

    Responding; Controller of Housing in Yobe, Mr JCN Wannang said that 38 blocks of houses had been completed under the scheme in Damaturu.

    He said 24 of the houses were two-bedroom, 12 three-bedroom and two blocks of one-bedroom bungalow.

    Wannang said all the necessary facilities were installed in and around the houses which would soon be inaugurated and released to successful applicants.

    Additionally; the Federal Government had so far inaugurated 76 housing units in Dutse, Jigawa, under the first phase of the NHP.

    The project comprised four units of one-bedroom bungalow; 24 units of three-bedroom bungalow and 48 units of 2-bedroom bungalow.

    The project was designed with roads, drains, water and electricity supply facilities.

    Also, The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) had constructed 100 houses in Dutse.

    Accordinng to the bank, the project is being implemented in collaboration with Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA).

    Moreso; the Federal Government in May inaugurated 76 housing units in Gombe under the NHP of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

    The 76 housing units comprised 48 units of two-bedroom bungalow, 24 units of three-bedroom bungalow and four units of one-bedroom bungalow.

    For Ibrahim Baba and Abigiel Jesper, both workers in Damaturu and Yola, said review of the scheme would address housing deficit and assist more Nigerians.

    Baba said that downward review of the prices would enable more Nigerians to own houses and benefit from the scheme.

    While Jesper stressed that such review was necessary to reposition the scheme to enable it to achieve the set objectives.

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  •  The Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria HuCaPAN umbrella organisation of Private Employment Agencies in Nigeria says it is partnering with the Federal Government to promote safe and regular labour migration HuCaPAN President Olufemi Ogunlowo said in a statement in Abuja that the agreement was reached at a courtesy visit by the association s leadership to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment The HuCaPAN team was led by its Executive Secretary Jide Af l b and were received by Ms Kachollom Daju the Permanent Secretary in the ministry The HuCaPAN team expressed optimism that its partnership with the ministry would yield positive results and lead to a safe orderly and regular labour migration in Nigeria As you are aware the Federal Government has suspended international recruitment issuance and renewal of international recruitment licenses since 2018 After a series of meetings and follow ups with the ministry Standard Operating Procedures SOP for private employment agencies in Nigeria was drafted and launched recently Following the launch HuCaPAN organised Webinar for private employment agencies in Nigeria on the SOP It was thereafter that the ministry requested international recruiters to renew their licences We are confident that the speedy process of renewal applications by our members will help to promote regular labour migration in Nigeria Ogunlowo said He noted that when deployed the SOP which was drafted by the government with critical stakeholders input would help in no small measures in containing the activities of human traffickers and unlicensed agencies According to him HuCaPAN will continue to campaign against labour casualisation at home and abroad as it believes that it is against the principle of decent work Ogunlowo said the association was being guided by HuCaPAN Constitution and the Code of Conduct for private employment agencies in Nigeria which was reviewed in 2021 with technical support from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment He said the Code of Conduct was reviewed with the assistance of International Labour Organisation ILO and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA and other social partners To further promote decent work agenda in Nigeria we shall be true to our mantra anywhere a Nigerian is found working must have a decent work he said In her response the permanent secretary Ms Kachollom appreciated the good work being done by HuCaPAN toward promoting decent jobs for Nigerians She said the government was interested in ensuring that those seeking jobs overseas do so in a decent way without posing any threat to themselves and the government She said that the government was also concerned about the welfare of all Nigerians both at home and abroad This is the reason the Ministry with other relevant agencies and stakeholders have come up with the SOP so that private employment agencies will operate within the confines of the policies and internationally acceptable standards she said She urged HuCaPAN to use the proposed private employment agencies chief executives conference to expatiate on the rudiments of the procedure and roles of various stakeholders in the labour migration governance and management in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG, HuCaPAN partner on safe labour migration
     The Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria HuCaPAN umbrella organisation of Private Employment Agencies in Nigeria says it is partnering with the Federal Government to promote safe and regular labour migration HuCaPAN President Olufemi Ogunlowo said in a statement in Abuja that the agreement was reached at a courtesy visit by the association s leadership to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment The HuCaPAN team was led by its Executive Secretary Jide Af l b and were received by Ms Kachollom Daju the Permanent Secretary in the ministry The HuCaPAN team expressed optimism that its partnership with the ministry would yield positive results and lead to a safe orderly and regular labour migration in Nigeria As you are aware the Federal Government has suspended international recruitment issuance and renewal of international recruitment licenses since 2018 After a series of meetings and follow ups with the ministry Standard Operating Procedures SOP for private employment agencies in Nigeria was drafted and launched recently Following the launch HuCaPAN organised Webinar for private employment agencies in Nigeria on the SOP It was thereafter that the ministry requested international recruiters to renew their licences We are confident that the speedy process of renewal applications by our members will help to promote regular labour migration in Nigeria Ogunlowo said He noted that when deployed the SOP which was drafted by the government with critical stakeholders input would help in no small measures in containing the activities of human traffickers and unlicensed agencies According to him HuCaPAN will continue to campaign against labour casualisation at home and abroad as it believes that it is against the principle of decent work Ogunlowo said the association was being guided by HuCaPAN Constitution and the Code of Conduct for private employment agencies in Nigeria which was reviewed in 2021 with technical support from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment He said the Code of Conduct was reviewed with the assistance of International Labour Organisation ILO and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA and other social partners To further promote decent work agenda in Nigeria we shall be true to our mantra anywhere a Nigerian is found working must have a decent work he said In her response the permanent secretary Ms Kachollom appreciated the good work being done by HuCaPAN toward promoting decent jobs for Nigerians She said the government was interested in ensuring that those seeking jobs overseas do so in a decent way without posing any threat to themselves and the government She said that the government was also concerned about the welfare of all Nigerians both at home and abroad This is the reason the Ministry with other relevant agencies and stakeholders have come up with the SOP so that private employment agencies will operate within the confines of the policies and internationally acceptable standards she said She urged HuCaPAN to use the proposed private employment agencies chief executives conference to expatiate on the rudiments of the procedure and roles of various stakeholders in the labour migration governance and management in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG, HuCaPAN partner on safe labour migration
    General news6 months ago

    FG, HuCaPAN partner on safe labour migration

    The Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria (HuCaPAN),  umbrella organisation of  Private Employment Agencies in Nigeria, says it is partnering with the Federal Government to promote safe and regular labour migration.

    HuCaPAN President, Olufemi Ogunlowo, said in a statement in Abuja that the agreement was reached at  a courtesy visit by the association’s leadership to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

    The HuCaPAN team was led by its  Executive Secretary, Jide Afọlábí, and were received by Ms Kachollom Daju, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry.

    The HuCaPAN team expressed optimism that its partnership with the ministry would yield positive results and lead to a safe, orderly and regular labour migration in Nigeria.

    “As you are aware, the Federal Government has suspended international recruitment; issuance and renewal of international recruitment licenses since 2018. “After a series of meetings and follow-ups with the ministry, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for private employment agencies in Nigeria was drafted and launched recently.

    “Following the launch, HuCaPAN organised Webinar for private employment agencies in Nigeria on the SOP.

    “It was thereafter, that the ministry requested international recruiters to renew their licences.

    We are confident that the speedy process of renewal applications by our members will  help to promote regular labour migration in Nigeria,” Ogunlowo said.

    He noted that when deployed, the SOP, which was drafted by the government with critical stakeholders’ input, would help in no small measures in containing the activities of human traffickers and unlicensed agencies According to him, HuCaPAN will continue to campaign against labour casualisation at home and abroad as it believes that it is against the principle of decent work.

    Ogunlowo said  the association was being guided by HuCaPAN Constitution and the Code of Conduct for private employment agencies in Nigeria which was reviewed in 2021 with technical support from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

    He said the Code of Conduct was reviewed with the assistance of International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) and other social partners.

    “To further promote decent work agenda in Nigeria, we shall be true to our mantra – anywhere a Nigerian is found working; must have a decent work,” he said.

    In her response, the permanent secretary, Ms Kachollom, appreciated the good work being done by HuCaPAN toward promoting decent jobs for Nigerians.

    She said  the government was interested in ensuring that those seeking jobs overseas do so in a decent way without posing any threat to themselves and the government.

    She said that the government was also concerned about the welfare of all Nigerians both at home and abroad.

    “This is the reason the Ministry with other relevant agencies and stakeholders have come up with the SOP so that private employment agencies will operate within the confines of the policies and internationally acceptable standards,” she said.

    She urged HuCaPAN to use the proposed private employment agencies chief executives conference to expatiate on the rudiments of the procedure and roles of various stakeholders in the labour migration governance and management in Nigeria.

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  •  The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has urged the Federal Government to reappraise its monetary and fiscal policies in view of the multifaceted challenges confronting the nation Its Director General Mr Wale Oyerinde made the call in a statement in Lagos on Saturday Oyerinde said that the policies had little impact either because of inherent inconsistencies or strategic sabotage by external forces He said that the lack of adequate consultation during their crafting and implementation could also be a factor While the monetary policies aim to reflate the economy through the various interventions the fiscal policies tend to create bottleneck for the productive sector This they do by introducing new taxes and levies such as Telecommunication Excise Tax Excise Duty on carbonated drinks Beverage s tax NYSC Levy among many others The introduction of these taxes and levies and other anti enterprise regulations to a large extent will further hamper the consumption pattern of the citizens he said According to him they can also reduce capacity utilisation of enterprises and worsen the macroeconomic situation of the country due to the multiplier effects He said that the recently held Employers Summit in Abuja came up with some key conclusions and recommendations These he said could serve as alternative policy action for government to consider Oyerinde said that as a matter of urgency there should be deliberate alignment between monetary and fiscal policies to reduce the contradictory tendencies Also a deliberate and independent mechanism with the active involvement of the private sector should be put in place to regularly gauge the effect and impact of policies and regulations Ineffective ones should be changed and new ones formulated he said The Director General lauded the Central Bank of Nigeria s Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund MSMEDF We urge that the implementation and allocation process should involve the Organised Private Sector of Nigeria in order to enhance its credibility effectiveness and ensure strict monitoring he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Reappraise monetary, fiscal policies, NECA advises FG
     The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has urged the Federal Government to reappraise its monetary and fiscal policies in view of the multifaceted challenges confronting the nation Its Director General Mr Wale Oyerinde made the call in a statement in Lagos on Saturday Oyerinde said that the policies had little impact either because of inherent inconsistencies or strategic sabotage by external forces He said that the lack of adequate consultation during their crafting and implementation could also be a factor While the monetary policies aim to reflate the economy through the various interventions the fiscal policies tend to create bottleneck for the productive sector This they do by introducing new taxes and levies such as Telecommunication Excise Tax Excise Duty on carbonated drinks Beverage s tax NYSC Levy among many others The introduction of these taxes and levies and other anti enterprise regulations to a large extent will further hamper the consumption pattern of the citizens he said According to him they can also reduce capacity utilisation of enterprises and worsen the macroeconomic situation of the country due to the multiplier effects He said that the recently held Employers Summit in Abuja came up with some key conclusions and recommendations These he said could serve as alternative policy action for government to consider Oyerinde said that as a matter of urgency there should be deliberate alignment between monetary and fiscal policies to reduce the contradictory tendencies Also a deliberate and independent mechanism with the active involvement of the private sector should be put in place to regularly gauge the effect and impact of policies and regulations Ineffective ones should be changed and new ones formulated he said The Director General lauded the Central Bank of Nigeria s Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund MSMEDF We urge that the implementation and allocation process should involve the Organised Private Sector of Nigeria in order to enhance its credibility effectiveness and ensure strict monitoring he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Reappraise monetary, fiscal policies, NECA advises FG
    General news6 months ago

    Reappraise monetary, fiscal policies, NECA advises FG

    The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has urged the Federal Government to reappraise its monetary and fiscal policies in view of the multifaceted challenges confronting the nation.

    Its Director-General, Mr Wale Oyerinde, made the call in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

    Oyerinde said that the policies had little impact either because of inherent inconsistencies or strategic sabotage by external forces.

    He said that the lack of adequate consultation during their crafting and implementation could also be a factor.

    “While the monetary policies aim to reflate the economy through the various interventions, the fiscal policies tend to create bottleneck for the productive sector.

    “This they do by introducing new taxes and levies, such as Telecommunication Excise Tax, Excise Duty on carbonated drinks, Beverage’s tax, NYSC Levy among many others.

    “The introduction of these taxes and levies and other anti-enterprise regulations, to a large extent, will further hamper the consumption pattern of the citizens,” he said.

    .

    According to him, they can also reduce capacity utilisation of enterprises and worsen the macroeconomic situation of the country due to the multiplier effects.

    He said that the recently held Employers’ Summit in Abuja came up with some key conclusions and recommendations.

    These, he said, could serve as alternative policy action for government to consider.

    Oyerinde said that as a matter of urgency, there should be deliberate alignment between monetary and fiscal policies to reduce the contradictory tendencies.

    “Also, a deliberate and independent mechanism with the active involvement of the private sector should be put in place to regularly gauge the effect and impact of policies and regulations.

    “Ineffective ones should be changed and new ones formulated, “ he said.

    The Director-General lauded the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF).

    “We urge that the implementation and allocation process should involve the Organised Private Sector of Nigeria in order to enhance its credibility, effectiveness and ensure strict monitoring,” he said.


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  •  The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has described the economic challenges facing the country as multi faceted and called for a holistic and multi pronged approach toward resolving them NECA s Director General Mr Wale Oyerinde in a statement on Sunday in Lagos said there was no better time for the Federal Government to reappraise current economic policies and deepen its engagement with the organised private sector The nation is currently faced with multiple challenges with dire combination of spiraling inflation rising energy cost scarcity of foreign exchange FOREX dwindling value of the naira and an almost comatose aviation sector Also stuttering education system rising debt depleting Foreign Reserve and rising fuel subsidy expenses among others which threaten to lay bare the country s economy While government s effort to salvage the economy is commendable there is however need for a more holistic approach to resuscitate the stuttering economy he said The director general noted that Nigeria had always lived dangerously on the precipice with a major chunk of its revenue dependent on the complexities of global crude demand and supply According to him a dangerous blend of self destructive tendencies insecurity and fiscal and monetary policy inconsistencies have also conspired to make the situation worse In April 2022 the World Bank warned that the rising cost of fuel subsidy could significantly impact public finance and pose debt sustainability concerns alas this projection is almost happening The fiscal performance report released recently by the government confirmed the accuracy of these projections The combination of a struggling aviation sector and roads taken over by bandits have also conspired to fuel the situation leading to rising inflation at 18 6 per cent according to the National Bureau Statistics These have continued to worsen the promotion of commerce and the increase the rate of de industrialisation of some regions of the country he said Oyerinde therefore called for the commencement of a deliberate and economic priority influenced approach and wide consultation with stakeholders This according to him should be with the view of harvesting alternative policy options to re energise all sectors of the economy While the challenges of revenue shortage are acknowledged burdening businesses with new taxes or levies will be counter productive and a self destructive action Over burdening already burdened businesses will only lead to business closure and an escalation of job losses with consequential effect on our social and economic stability Government should in the short term widen the tax net reduce wastage in governance and focus on economic projects that will stimulate the Nigerian economy and guarantee an enabling environment for businesses to operate An enabling environment for local businesses will create the platform for new foreign direct investment which could increase foreign exchange inflow into the country he said The director general also urged the government as a matter of urgency fix the four national refineries and encourage the development of modular ones as a precursor to total removal of fuel subsidy He said that interventions aimed at improving living standards to stimulate consumption and enterprise sustainability to promote job creation should be implemented Oyerinde said While forex scarcity persists allocation of the available forex to manufacturing and other productive sectors of the economy should be given priority NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How to address Nigeria’s economic challenges — NECA
     The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has described the economic challenges facing the country as multi faceted and called for a holistic and multi pronged approach toward resolving them NECA s Director General Mr Wale Oyerinde in a statement on Sunday in Lagos said there was no better time for the Federal Government to reappraise current economic policies and deepen its engagement with the organised private sector The nation is currently faced with multiple challenges with dire combination of spiraling inflation rising energy cost scarcity of foreign exchange FOREX dwindling value of the naira and an almost comatose aviation sector Also stuttering education system rising debt depleting Foreign Reserve and rising fuel subsidy expenses among others which threaten to lay bare the country s economy While government s effort to salvage the economy is commendable there is however need for a more holistic approach to resuscitate the stuttering economy he said The director general noted that Nigeria had always lived dangerously on the precipice with a major chunk of its revenue dependent on the complexities of global crude demand and supply According to him a dangerous blend of self destructive tendencies insecurity and fiscal and monetary policy inconsistencies have also conspired to make the situation worse In April 2022 the World Bank warned that the rising cost of fuel subsidy could significantly impact public finance and pose debt sustainability concerns alas this projection is almost happening The fiscal performance report released recently by the government confirmed the accuracy of these projections The combination of a struggling aviation sector and roads taken over by bandits have also conspired to fuel the situation leading to rising inflation at 18 6 per cent according to the National Bureau Statistics These have continued to worsen the promotion of commerce and the increase the rate of de industrialisation of some regions of the country he said Oyerinde therefore called for the commencement of a deliberate and economic priority influenced approach and wide consultation with stakeholders This according to him should be with the view of harvesting alternative policy options to re energise all sectors of the economy While the challenges of revenue shortage are acknowledged burdening businesses with new taxes or levies will be counter productive and a self destructive action Over burdening already burdened businesses will only lead to business closure and an escalation of job losses with consequential effect on our social and economic stability Government should in the short term widen the tax net reduce wastage in governance and focus on economic projects that will stimulate the Nigerian economy and guarantee an enabling environment for businesses to operate An enabling environment for local businesses will create the platform for new foreign direct investment which could increase foreign exchange inflow into the country he said The director general also urged the government as a matter of urgency fix the four national refineries and encourage the development of modular ones as a precursor to total removal of fuel subsidy He said that interventions aimed at improving living standards to stimulate consumption and enterprise sustainability to promote job creation should be implemented Oyerinde said While forex scarcity persists allocation of the available forex to manufacturing and other productive sectors of the economy should be given priority NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How to address Nigeria’s economic challenges — NECA
    General news6 months ago

    How to address Nigeria’s economic challenges — NECA

    The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has described the economic challenges facing the country as multi-faceted and called for a holistic and multi-pronged approach toward resolving them.

    NECA’s Director-General, Mr Wale Oyerinde, in a statement on Sunday in Lagos, said there was no better time for the Federal Government to reappraise current economic policies and deepen its engagement with the organised private sector.

    ‘’The nation is currently faced with multiple challenges: with dire combination of spiraling inflation; rising energy cost; scarcity of foreign exchange (FOREX); dwindling value of the naira and an almost comatose aviation sector.

    ‘’Also, stuttering education system; rising debt; depleting Foreign Reserve and rising fuel subsidy expenses among others, which threaten to lay bare the country’s economy.

    ‘’While government’s effort to salvage the economy is commendable, there is, however, need for a more holistic approach to resuscitate the stuttering economy, ‘’ he said.

    The director-general noted that Nigeria had always lived dangerously on the precipice, with a major chunk of its revenue dependent on the complexities of global crude demand and supply.

    According to him, a dangerous blend of self-destructive tendencies, insecurity and fiscal and monetary policy inconsistencies have also conspired to make the situation worse.

    “In April 2022, the World Bank warned that the rising cost of fuel subsidy could significantly impact public finance and pose debt sustainability concerns: alas, this projection is almost happening.

    ‘’The fiscal performance report released recently by the government confirmed the accuracy of these projections.

    ‘’The combination of a struggling aviation sector and roads taken over by bandits have also conspired to fuel the situation, leading to rising inflation at 18.6 per cent, according to the National Bureau Statistics.

    ‘’These have continued to worsen the promotion of commerce and the increase the rate of de-industrialisation of some regions of the country,” he said.

    Oyerinde, therefore, called for the commencement of a deliberate and economic-priority- influenced approach and wide consultation with stakeholders.

    This, according to him, should be with the view of harvesting alternative policy options to re-energise all sectors of the economy.

    ‘’While the challenges of revenue shortage are acknowledged, burdening businesses with new taxes or levies will be counter-productive and a self-destructive action.

    ‘’Over-burdening already burdened businesses will only lead to business closure and an escalation of job losses with consequential effect on our social and economic stability.

    ‘’Government should, in the short-term widen the tax net, reduce wastage in governance, and focus on economic projects that will stimulate the Nigerian economy and guarantee an enabling environment for businesses to operate.

    ‘’An enabling environment for local businesses will create the platform for new foreign direct investment, which could increase foreign exchange inflow into the country,” he said.

    The director-general also urged the government, as a matter of urgency, fix the four national refineries and encourage the development of modular ones as a precursor to total removal of fuel subsidy.

    He said that interventions aimed at improving living standards to stimulate consumption and enterprise sustainability to promote job creation should be implemented.

    Oyerinde said, ‘’While forex scarcity persists, allocation of the available forex to manufacturing and other productive sectors of the economy should be given priority.

    ‘’ .


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  •  The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has appointed Mr Adewale Oyerinde as Director General of the association effective Aug 1 2022 NECA s President Mr Taiwo Adeniyi made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the position of Director General became vacant following the demise of late Dr Timothy Olawale in September 2021 Adeniyi said that Oyerinde was expected to build on the legacies of professionalism and excellent service that the association was known for and take it to greater heights He said that Oyerinde was the Deputy Director and Head of Membership Services of the association Oyerinde joined NECA in 2010 and has worked in various capacities in the Social Economic and Labour Affairs Department and also the Learning and Development Department of the Association He has over 16 years experience in Industrial and Human Resources HR Business Development Stakeholders Management and key areas of Employers Membership Organisation Management Oyerinde according to the statement is an HR thought leader and International Labour Organisation ILO trained Master Trainer He is also a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation trained ISO 9001 2015 Quality Management System ISO 1400 2015 Lead Auditor Oyerinde holds a Bachelor s and Master s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Lagos He is an alumnus of the International Training Centre of the ILO and full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NECA appoints new DG
     The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has appointed Mr Adewale Oyerinde as Director General of the association effective Aug 1 2022 NECA s President Mr Taiwo Adeniyi made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the position of Director General became vacant following the demise of late Dr Timothy Olawale in September 2021 Adeniyi said that Oyerinde was expected to build on the legacies of professionalism and excellent service that the association was known for and take it to greater heights He said that Oyerinde was the Deputy Director and Head of Membership Services of the association Oyerinde joined NECA in 2010 and has worked in various capacities in the Social Economic and Labour Affairs Department and also the Learning and Development Department of the Association He has over 16 years experience in Industrial and Human Resources HR Business Development Stakeholders Management and key areas of Employers Membership Organisation Management Oyerinde according to the statement is an HR thought leader and International Labour Organisation ILO trained Master Trainer He is also a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation trained ISO 9001 2015 Quality Management System ISO 1400 2015 Lead Auditor Oyerinde holds a Bachelor s and Master s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Lagos He is an alumnus of the International Training Centre of the ILO and full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NECA appoints new DG
    General news6 months ago

    NECA appoints new DG

    The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has appointed Mr Adewale Oyerinde, as Director-General of the association, effective Aug. 1, 2022. NECA’s President, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the position of Director-General became vacant following the demise of late Dr Timothy Olawale, in September, 2021. Adeniyi said that Oyerinde was expected to build on the legacies of professionalism and excellent service that the association was known for, and take it to greater heights.

    He said that Oyerinde was the Deputy-Director and Head of Membership Services of the association.

    Oyerinde joined NECA in 2010, and has worked in various capacities in the Social, Economic and Labour Affairs Department and also the Learning and Development Department of the Association.

    He has over 16 years’ experience in Industrial and Human Resources (HR), Business Development, Stakeholders Management and key areas of Employers’ Membership Organisation Management.

    Oyerinde, according to the statement, is an HR thought-leader and International Labour Organisation (ILO) trained Master Trainer He is also a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation-trained ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System), ISO 1400:2015 Lead Auditor.

    .

    Oyerinde holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Lagos.

    He is an alumnus of the International Training Centre of the ILO and full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management among others.


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  •  The Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks ACAMB says that constant engagement and communication between the Organised Private Sector OPS and the banking sector will promote the desired sustainable growth and development of the economy Mr Rasheed Bolarinwa President of ACAMB disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos Bolarinwa said Nigeria would be the major beneficiary of the high profile meeting between banks and the OPS as stakeholders seek to find lasting solutions to the constraints between the two key sectors of the economy He said that the first ever national stakeholders conference on synergy between the Nigerian banking industry and the OPS would hold on Aug 3 2022 Bolarinwa said that the first ever conference would birth far reaching strategies that would help to unlock several opportunities for the Nigerian economy He said that the conference would be organised by the ACAMB the banking industry corporate marketing communications and reputation management association in partnership with other stakeholders including the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN Bolarinwa said Nigeria will be the major beneficiary of the high profile meeting between banks and the Organised Private Sector as stakeholders seek to find lasting solutions to the constraints between the two key sectors of the economy He said that the conference which would hold at the Bankers House Victoria Island Lagos would bring together the best players in banks and OPS to act as think tank for the nation s macroeconomic growth Bolarinwa said that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Mr Godwin Emefiele would be the keynote speaker He added that the Presidents of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN NACCIMA Institute of Directors IoD and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria MAN would be major speakers He said that the strategic panelists would be led by the leadership of the sectors which would cut across banking players and the OPS including NECA NASSI and NASME among others He also said that the main plenary session would be moderated by the foremost economist Dr Biodun Adedipe We are providing an open minded platform for both sectors to articulate and ventilate their fears interest and expectations and opportunities that will benefit both sectors the national economy and Nigeria at large At the end of the session we expect a robust communique that will provide a road map for a new relationship between the banking industry and the OPS Bolarinwa said According to him the OPS is a valued stakeholder of the banking industry as both the banking industry and the organised private sector play major roles in growing the economy Therefore there is a need for the two sectors to work closely together The conference offers a unique platform for private sector players and the banking community to share perspectives on the synergy communication cooperation and mutual understanding between these two critical segments of the Nigerian economy can be improved to benefit the Nigerian people and economy progressively ACAMB is reaching out to all critical stakeholders to ensure inclusiveness and maximisation of capacity We will persist in generating innovative and creative initiatives to promote the growth and development of the banking industry and the national economy Bolarinwa said He urged the media to partner in the new paradigm shift of engagements with critical stakeholders in the industry describing the media as being crucial to creating mutual understandings NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Banks, OPS synergy key to sustainable growth, says ACAMB President
     The Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks ACAMB says that constant engagement and communication between the Organised Private Sector OPS and the banking sector will promote the desired sustainable growth and development of the economy Mr Rasheed Bolarinwa President of ACAMB disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos Bolarinwa said Nigeria would be the major beneficiary of the high profile meeting between banks and the OPS as stakeholders seek to find lasting solutions to the constraints between the two key sectors of the economy He said that the first ever national stakeholders conference on synergy between the Nigerian banking industry and the OPS would hold on Aug 3 2022 Bolarinwa said that the first ever conference would birth far reaching strategies that would help to unlock several opportunities for the Nigerian economy He said that the conference would be organised by the ACAMB the banking industry corporate marketing communications and reputation management association in partnership with other stakeholders including the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN Bolarinwa said Nigeria will be the major beneficiary of the high profile meeting between banks and the Organised Private Sector as stakeholders seek to find lasting solutions to the constraints between the two key sectors of the economy He said that the conference which would hold at the Bankers House Victoria Island Lagos would bring together the best players in banks and OPS to act as think tank for the nation s macroeconomic growth Bolarinwa said that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Mr Godwin Emefiele would be the keynote speaker He added that the Presidents of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN NACCIMA Institute of Directors IoD and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria MAN would be major speakers He said that the strategic panelists would be led by the leadership of the sectors which would cut across banking players and the OPS including NECA NASSI and NASME among others He also said that the main plenary session would be moderated by the foremost economist Dr Biodun Adedipe We are providing an open minded platform for both sectors to articulate and ventilate their fears interest and expectations and opportunities that will benefit both sectors the national economy and Nigeria at large At the end of the session we expect a robust communique that will provide a road map for a new relationship between the banking industry and the OPS Bolarinwa said According to him the OPS is a valued stakeholder of the banking industry as both the banking industry and the organised private sector play major roles in growing the economy Therefore there is a need for the two sectors to work closely together The conference offers a unique platform for private sector players and the banking community to share perspectives on the synergy communication cooperation and mutual understanding between these two critical segments of the Nigerian economy can be improved to benefit the Nigerian people and economy progressively ACAMB is reaching out to all critical stakeholders to ensure inclusiveness and maximisation of capacity We will persist in generating innovative and creative initiatives to promote the growth and development of the banking industry and the national economy Bolarinwa said He urged the media to partner in the new paradigm shift of engagements with critical stakeholders in the industry describing the media as being crucial to creating mutual understandings NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Banks, OPS synergy key to sustainable growth, says ACAMB President
    Economy6 months ago

    Banks, OPS synergy key to sustainable growth, says ACAMB President

    The Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks (ACAMB) says that constant engagement and communication between the Organised Private Sector (OPS) and the banking sector will promote the desired sustainable growth and development of the economy.

    Mr Rasheed Bolarinwa, President of ACAMB, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos.

    Bolarinwa said Nigeria would be the major beneficiary of the high-profile meeting between banks and the OPS as stakeholders seek to find lasting solutions to the constraints between the two key sectors of the economy.

    He said that the first-ever national stakeholders conference on synergy between the Nigerian banking industry and the OPS would hold on Aug.

    3, 2022.

    Bolarinwa said that the first-ever conference would birth far-reaching strategies that would help to unlock several opportunities for the Nigerian economy.

    He said that the conference would be organised by the ACAMB – the banking industry corporate, marketing communications and reputation management association; in partnership with other stakeholders including the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

    Bolarinwa said: “Nigeria will be the major beneficiary of the high-profile meeting between banks and the Organised Private Sector, as stakeholders seek to find lasting solutions to the constraints between the two key sectors of the economy.” He said that the conference which would hold at the Bankers House, Victoria Island, Lagos, would bring together the best players in banks and OPS to act as think tank for the nation’s macroeconomic growth.

    Bolarinwa said that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, would be the keynote speaker.

    He added that the Presidents of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), NACCIMA, Institute of Directors (IoD) and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) would be major speakers.

    He said that the strategic panelists would be led by the leadership of the sectors, which would cut across banking players and the OPS including NECA, NASSI and NASME, among others.

    He also said that the main plenary session would be moderated by the foremost economist, Dr Biodun Adedipe.

    “We are providing an open-minded platform for both sectors to articulate and ventilate their fears, interest and expectations and opportunities that will benefit both sectors, the national economy and Nigeria at large.

    “At the end of the session, we expect a robust communique that will provide a road map for a new relationship between the banking industry and the OPS,” Bolarinwa said.

    According to him, the OPS is a valued stakeholder of the banking industry as both the banking industry and the organised private sector play major roles in growing the economy.

    “Therefore, there is a need for the two sectors to work closely together.

    “The conference offers a unique platform for private sector players and the banking community to share perspectives on the synergy, communication, cooperation and mutual understanding between these two critical segments of the Nigerian economy can be improved to benefit the Nigerian people and economy progressively.

    “ACAMB is reaching out to all critical stakeholders to ensure inclusiveness and maximisation of capacity.

    “We will persist in generating innovative and creative initiatives to promote the growth and development of the banking industry and the national economy,” Bolarinwa said.

    He urged the media to partner in the new paradigm shift of engagements with critical stakeholders in the industry, describing the media as being crucial to creating mutual understandings.

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  •   The federal government has expressed its sadness at the alarming rate of job insecurity in the country and has pledged to put an end to it Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige said this during a day long public hearing on the three labor bills by the Senate Labor and Employment Committee Tuesday in Abuja Ngige said this in a statement signed by Charles Akpan deputy director of press and public relations at the ministry The bills include the National Directorate of Employment Act 2004 the Cap L1 Labor Act LFN 2004 Amendment Bill 2021 SB 469 and the ban on casualization in Nigeria establishment bill 2021 SB 329 Ngige said his ministry is committed to smoothly amending labor laws to bring them up to international best practice He insisted however that casualization was a thwarted anti labor practice that the federal government had been tackling since 2016 Casualization is a very volatile issue Recall that during the Eighth Senate we appeared before this committee on the same issue when some banks and financial institutions unilaterally endangered and fired workers in 2016 We are not sitting idly by The time has come to stop the casualization of all forms in the workforce Private entrepreneurs must make money to keep the business afloat but must not enslave their workers However it is not only a question of fighting against precariousness rather it s about rooting out the problem There is an annual influx of young people into the labor market 1 2 million graduates of universities and polytechnics enter the market each year to seek work in the already overburdened public service This does not include those who have an NCE and a school certificate For over a year now civil servants below Level 12 under the COVID 19 protocol have been at home some working from home but the civil service continues What does this show you Less work for more people Despite this the federal government keeps the faith and takes charge under the welfare system of the administration which is pro popular However we need to step up efforts to create jobs This is the solution We need fundamental restructuring to cope with the push he said Ngige therefore urged the National Assembly to give the ministry more time to liaise within the tripartite community in order to make fruitful contributions This is toward transparent enactment of a precarious ban law in Nigeria in a way that will stand the test of time he said He added that the federal government could no longer turn a blind eye to precariousness We have to find a cure and put an end to this We must however make sure that any law promulgated in this way will stand the test of time and that it cannot be circumvented ab initio We need a law that will win the support of employers of labor of workers indeed every member of the tripartite Previously we have worked to address insecurity in the oil and gas sector and have already set up a tripartite committee comprising the Nigeria Labor Congress NLC Trade Union Congress Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA NNPC PENGASSAN and other related affiliated unions The mission of the committee is to draft a directive on contractual staffing in the petroleum industry which will then be sent to the Federal Executive Council and to the Attorney General of the Federation The minister warned however that with the Petroleum Industry Act PIA all proposals in the guidelines must be in tandem with the provisions of the Act We have to modulate the guidelines so that they comply with the provisions of the PIA because anything that goes against them is null and void he said Regarding the bill amending the NDE law of 2004 he admitted that it was well intentioned stressing that the proposal to dismiss the minister as chairman of the agency s board was contrary to the very nature of the NDE as a special purpose vehicle The amendment is well intentioned but is not appropriate for the NDE as an ad hoc vehicle which is interministerial tripartite and federated Its board of directors cannot be effectively chaired by a foreigner who does not have enough insight and without a strong influence as would the minister in charge of the agency he added He further gave the example of similar agencies such as Customs under the Ministry of Finance and chaired by the Minister of Finance as well as Immigration under the Ministry of Home Affairs also chaired by the Minister of Home Affairs He further requested more time for the tripartite to meet on the proposed amendment The minister s position was supported by NLC TUC The Senate committee however gave the ministry and other tripartite members two months to meet on bills and return to committee NOPE
    Casualisation of workers must stop in Nigeria,  Ngige insists 
      The federal government has expressed its sadness at the alarming rate of job insecurity in the country and has pledged to put an end to it Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige said this during a day long public hearing on the three labor bills by the Senate Labor and Employment Committee Tuesday in Abuja Ngige said this in a statement signed by Charles Akpan deputy director of press and public relations at the ministry The bills include the National Directorate of Employment Act 2004 the Cap L1 Labor Act LFN 2004 Amendment Bill 2021 SB 469 and the ban on casualization in Nigeria establishment bill 2021 SB 329 Ngige said his ministry is committed to smoothly amending labor laws to bring them up to international best practice He insisted however that casualization was a thwarted anti labor practice that the federal government had been tackling since 2016 Casualization is a very volatile issue Recall that during the Eighth Senate we appeared before this committee on the same issue when some banks and financial institutions unilaterally endangered and fired workers in 2016 We are not sitting idly by The time has come to stop the casualization of all forms in the workforce Private entrepreneurs must make money to keep the business afloat but must not enslave their workers However it is not only a question of fighting against precariousness rather it s about rooting out the problem There is an annual influx of young people into the labor market 1 2 million graduates of universities and polytechnics enter the market each year to seek work in the already overburdened public service This does not include those who have an NCE and a school certificate For over a year now civil servants below Level 12 under the COVID 19 protocol have been at home some working from home but the civil service continues What does this show you Less work for more people Despite this the federal government keeps the faith and takes charge under the welfare system of the administration which is pro popular However we need to step up efforts to create jobs This is the solution We need fundamental restructuring to cope with the push he said Ngige therefore urged the National Assembly to give the ministry more time to liaise within the tripartite community in order to make fruitful contributions This is toward transparent enactment of a precarious ban law in Nigeria in a way that will stand the test of time he said He added that the federal government could no longer turn a blind eye to precariousness We have to find a cure and put an end to this We must however make sure that any law promulgated in this way will stand the test of time and that it cannot be circumvented ab initio We need a law that will win the support of employers of labor of workers indeed every member of the tripartite Previously we have worked to address insecurity in the oil and gas sector and have already set up a tripartite committee comprising the Nigeria Labor Congress NLC Trade Union Congress Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA NNPC PENGASSAN and other related affiliated unions The mission of the committee is to draft a directive on contractual staffing in the petroleum industry which will then be sent to the Federal Executive Council and to the Attorney General of the Federation The minister warned however that with the Petroleum Industry Act PIA all proposals in the guidelines must be in tandem with the provisions of the Act We have to modulate the guidelines so that they comply with the provisions of the PIA because anything that goes against them is null and void he said Regarding the bill amending the NDE law of 2004 he admitted that it was well intentioned stressing that the proposal to dismiss the minister as chairman of the agency s board was contrary to the very nature of the NDE as a special purpose vehicle The amendment is well intentioned but is not appropriate for the NDE as an ad hoc vehicle which is interministerial tripartite and federated Its board of directors cannot be effectively chaired by a foreigner who does not have enough insight and without a strong influence as would the minister in charge of the agency he added He further gave the example of similar agencies such as Customs under the Ministry of Finance and chaired by the Minister of Finance as well as Immigration under the Ministry of Home Affairs also chaired by the Minister of Home Affairs He further requested more time for the tripartite to meet on the proposed amendment The minister s position was supported by NLC TUC The Senate committee however gave the ministry and other tripartite members two months to meet on bills and return to committee NOPE
    Casualisation of workers must stop in Nigeria,  Ngige insists 
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    Casualisation of workers must stop in Nigeria,  Ngige insists 

    The federal government has expressed its sadness at the alarming rate of job insecurity in the country and has pledged to put an end to it.

    Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige said this during a day-long public hearing on the three labor bills by the Senate Labor and Employment Committee Tuesday in Abuja.

    Ngige said this in a statement signed by Charles Akpan, deputy director of press and public relations at the ministry.

    The bills include the National Directorate of Employment Act 2004, the Cap L1 Labor Act, LFN 2004 (Amendment Bill 2021 (SB.469) and the ban on casualization in Nigeria (establishment bill 2021 (SB.329)).

    Ngige said his ministry is committed to smoothly amending labor laws to bring them up to international best practice.

    He insisted, however, that casualization was a thwarted anti-labor practice that the federal government had been tackling since 2016.

    “Casualization is a very volatile issue. Recall that during the Eighth Senate, we appeared before this committee on the same issue, when some banks and financial institutions unilaterally endangered and fired workers in 2016.

    “We are not sitting idly by. The time has come to stop the casualization of all forms in the workforce. Private entrepreneurs must make money to keep the business afloat but must not enslave their workers.

    “However, it is not only a question of fighting against precariousness; rather, it's about rooting out the problem. There is an annual influx of young people into the labor market.

    “1.2 million graduates of universities and polytechnics enter the market each year to seek work in the already overburdened public service. This does not include those who have an NCE and a school certificate.

    “For over a year now, civil servants below Level 12, under the COVID-19 protocol, have been at home, some working from home, but the civil service continues. What does this show you? Less work for more people.

    “Despite this, the federal government keeps the faith and takes charge under the welfare system of the administration which is pro-popular.

    “However, we need to step up efforts to create jobs. This is the solution. We need fundamental restructuring to cope with the push, ”he said.

    Ngige therefore urged the National Assembly to give the ministry more time to liaise within the tripartite community in order to make fruitful contributions.

    "This is toward transparent enactment of a precarious ban law in Nigeria, in a way that will stand the test of time," he said.

    He added that the federal government could no longer turn a blind eye to precariousness.

    “We have to find a cure and put an end to this. We must, however, make sure that any law promulgated in this way will stand the test of time and that it cannot be circumvented ab initio.

    “We need a law that will win the support of employers of labor, of workers, indeed every member of the tripartite.

    “Previously, we have worked to address insecurity in the oil and gas sector and have already set up a tripartite committee comprising the Nigeria Labor Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, NNPC, PENGASSAN and other related affiliated unions.

    “The mission of the committee is to draft a directive on contractual staffing in the petroleum industry, which will then be sent to the Federal Executive Council and to the Attorney General of the Federation.

    The minister warned, however, that with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), all proposals in the guidelines must be in tandem with the provisions of the Act.

    "We have to modulate the guidelines so that they comply with the provisions of the PIA, because anything that goes against them is null and void," he said.

    Regarding the bill amending the NDE law of 2004, he admitted that it was well-intentioned, stressing that the proposal to dismiss the minister as chairman of the agency's board was contrary to the very nature of the NDE as a special purpose vehicle. .

    “The amendment is well intentioned but is not appropriate for the NDE as an ad hoc vehicle which is interministerial, tripartite and federated.

    "Its board of directors cannot be effectively chaired by a foreigner who does not have enough insight and without a strong influence as would the minister in charge of the agency", he added.

    He further gave the example of similar agencies such as Customs under the Ministry of Finance and chaired by the Minister of Finance, as well as Immigration under the Ministry of Home Affairs, also chaired by the Minister of Home Affairs.

    He further requested more time for the tripartite to meet on the proposed amendment.

    The minister's position was supported by NLC, TUC.

    The Senate committee, however, gave the ministry and other tripartite members two months to meet on bills and return to committee.

    NOPE

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