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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
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    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.

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    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

  •  ILO on Saturday in Abuja charged the Nigerian government to increase investments in social protection to eliminate child labour Its Country Director in Nigeria Ms Vanessa Phala made the call during a Road Walk to commemorate the World Day against Child Abuse The 2022 Day has Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour as its theme I call on the Nigerian government to increase investments in social protection to make it a right for all Nigerians including children Government should also establish universal child and family benefits and extend social protection to the informal and rural economy This is important to reduce child labour as the issues are more prevalent in the rural areas she said Phala noted that while social protection had taken prominent role in national and state level policy documents development plans and budgetary allocations coverage remained low The last ILO Social Security Inquiry performed in collaboration with Federal Government in 2019 showed that only 12 per cent of children benefitted from social protection This is mainly through the Home Grown School Feeding programme she noted The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sen Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment had said that the Federal Government was investing billions in social protection to fight poverty and to better the lives of parents and children In her remarks Ms Daju Kachollom Permanent Secretary in the ministry said government was working to ensure a drastic reduction in child labour We have at least 15 million children in Nigeria who are into forced labour and there is no country that can develop if it does not take care of its young ones she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ILO tasks Nigeria to increase investments in social protection
     ILO on Saturday in Abuja charged the Nigerian government to increase investments in social protection to eliminate child labour Its Country Director in Nigeria Ms Vanessa Phala made the call during a Road Walk to commemorate the World Day against Child Abuse The 2022 Day has Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour as its theme I call on the Nigerian government to increase investments in social protection to make it a right for all Nigerians including children Government should also establish universal child and family benefits and extend social protection to the informal and rural economy This is important to reduce child labour as the issues are more prevalent in the rural areas she said Phala noted that while social protection had taken prominent role in national and state level policy documents development plans and budgetary allocations coverage remained low The last ILO Social Security Inquiry performed in collaboration with Federal Government in 2019 showed that only 12 per cent of children benefitted from social protection This is mainly through the Home Grown School Feeding programme she noted The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sen Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment had said that the Federal Government was investing billions in social protection to fight poverty and to better the lives of parents and children In her remarks Ms Daju Kachollom Permanent Secretary in the ministry said government was working to ensure a drastic reduction in child labour We have at least 15 million children in Nigeria who are into forced labour and there is no country that can develop if it does not take care of its young ones she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ILO tasks Nigeria to increase investments in social protection
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    ILO tasks Nigeria to increase investments in social protection

    ILO on Saturday in Abuja charged the Nigerian government to increase investments in social protection to eliminate child labour.

    Its Country Director in Nigeria, Ms Vanessa Phala, made the call during a Road Walk to commemorate the World Day against Child Abuse.

    The 2022 Day has “Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour’’ as its theme.

    “I call on the Nigerian government to increase investments in social protection to make it a right for all Nigerians, including children.

    “Government should also establish universal child and family benefits and extend social protection to the informal and rural economy.

    “This is important to reduce child labour as the issues are more prevalent in the rural areas,’’ she said.

    Phala noted that while social protection had taken prominent role in national and state-level policy documents, development plans and budgetary allocations, coverage remained low.

    “The last ILO Social Security Inquiry performed in collaboration with Federal Government in 2019 showed that only 12 per cent of children benefitted from social protection.

    “This is mainly through the Home-Grown School Feeding programme,’’ she noted.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment had said that the Federal Government was investing billions in social protection to fight poverty and to better the lives of parents and children.

    In her remarks, Ms Daju Kachollom, Permanent Secretary in the ministry said government was working to ensure a drastic reduction in child labour.

    “We have at least 15 million children in Nigeria who are into forced labour and there is no country that can develop if it does not take care of its young ones,’’ she said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC says it has inaugurated the Trade Unions Information Guide to assist returning migrants and migrant workers return readmitted and reintegrated into society The NLC President Mr Ayuba Wabba said this during the inauguration and unveiling of the Trade Union Information Guide on Return and Reintegration of Migrants and Migrant Workers in Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja Wabba said that there were factors causing people especially young people to contemplate and undertake desperate and dangerous migrations We are witnessing a situation where the forceful removal and deportation of migrants noticeably in Europe and North America and migrant workers especially in the Middle East are increasing Equally interesting is the fact that several migrants and migrant workers are committing to returning with some voluntarily ready to do so Unfortunately it has been observed over time that several potential returnees find it difficult frustrating and traumatic to both successfully return and get re integrated back home One of the challenges encumbering this process has been identified as the dearth of handy and easy to understand and utilise pieces of Information he said The NLC president said that the situation had made the two group of people susceptible to exploitation vulnerability and consequently the unwillingness to return Wabba added that the Congress recognised the human and labour rights of these persons and considering that these migrants and migrant workers were potential members of the trade unions Therefore the NLC sees the need to assist and support returning migrants and migrant workers to return be readmitted and reintegrated home in comfort and dignity This is why this information guide has been produced he said He said the Trade Union Information Guide had been formulated to contribute to and complement the Standard Operating Procedures on Return and Reintegration already developed by the Federal Government According to him it is a workers friendly guide that places migrant workers at the core and provides necessary links to facilitate an easy Return and Reintegration We are confident that this information guide will serve as a qualitative contribution to ensuring a comfortable and dignified return and a successful readmission and reintegration of returning migrants and migrant workers He expressed the NLC s appreciation and commendation to the International Labour Organisation ILO and other partners both state and non state actors for the support in the development and production of the guide Also Mr John Nyamali Director Employment and Wages Ministry of Labour and Employment said that the unveiling of the information guide was part of the process of implementing the ILO FAIRWAY Project Nyamali represented by Mr Raheem Kolawole noted that the guide would strengthen effectiveness of workers organisations for enhanced engagement in the overall national labour migration According to him records have shown that many of the Private Employment Agencies PEAs operating in the country are insufficiently regulated This situation creates a platform for the promotion of Human Trafficking and other abuses under the guise of a managed labour migration scheme he said He also said that the establishment of the International Labour Migration Division in the ministry had played a major role in sensitisation and advocacy Nyamali added that the Pre departure Orientation Seminars PDOS of the ministry was to ensure smooth and orderly departure of migrants and migrant workers to the destination countries in line with what the NLC was doing He challenged stakeholders in charge of migration management in Nigeria to work together through advocacy and sensitisation According to him migration represents a growing challenge as Nigeria occupies an important position in the migration landscape in Africa The Ministry recognises the need for better management of organised labour migration in view of its contributions to the economic and social development of the country This is also as well as to combat the increasing challenges of irregular migration exploitative practices forced labour smuggling human trafficking and protection of the right of migrant workers through the trade union voice he said Also Vanessa Phala ILO Country Director to Nigeria said that the ILO under the Fairway Project had collaborated in the implementation and development of the information guide form migrants Phala also represented by Mr Austin Erameh National Project Coordinator Fairway Project said the guide was also developed through joint capacity building consultations and sensitisations We believe this guide will go a long way in addressing the absence of information for returning migrants and migrant workers in the country Erameh said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NLC inaugurates Trade Union Information Guide for migrant workers
     The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC says it has inaugurated the Trade Unions Information Guide to assist returning migrants and migrant workers return readmitted and reintegrated into society The NLC President Mr Ayuba Wabba said this during the inauguration and unveiling of the Trade Union Information Guide on Return and Reintegration of Migrants and Migrant Workers in Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja Wabba said that there were factors causing people especially young people to contemplate and undertake desperate and dangerous migrations We are witnessing a situation where the forceful removal and deportation of migrants noticeably in Europe and North America and migrant workers especially in the Middle East are increasing Equally interesting is the fact that several migrants and migrant workers are committing to returning with some voluntarily ready to do so Unfortunately it has been observed over time that several potential returnees find it difficult frustrating and traumatic to both successfully return and get re integrated back home One of the challenges encumbering this process has been identified as the dearth of handy and easy to understand and utilise pieces of Information he said The NLC president said that the situation had made the two group of people susceptible to exploitation vulnerability and consequently the unwillingness to return Wabba added that the Congress recognised the human and labour rights of these persons and considering that these migrants and migrant workers were potential members of the trade unions Therefore the NLC sees the need to assist and support returning migrants and migrant workers to return be readmitted and reintegrated home in comfort and dignity This is why this information guide has been produced he said He said the Trade Union Information Guide had been formulated to contribute to and complement the Standard Operating Procedures on Return and Reintegration already developed by the Federal Government According to him it is a workers friendly guide that places migrant workers at the core and provides necessary links to facilitate an easy Return and Reintegration We are confident that this information guide will serve as a qualitative contribution to ensuring a comfortable and dignified return and a successful readmission and reintegration of returning migrants and migrant workers He expressed the NLC s appreciation and commendation to the International Labour Organisation ILO and other partners both state and non state actors for the support in the development and production of the guide Also Mr John Nyamali Director Employment and Wages Ministry of Labour and Employment said that the unveiling of the information guide was part of the process of implementing the ILO FAIRWAY Project Nyamali represented by Mr Raheem Kolawole noted that the guide would strengthen effectiveness of workers organisations for enhanced engagement in the overall national labour migration According to him records have shown that many of the Private Employment Agencies PEAs operating in the country are insufficiently regulated This situation creates a platform for the promotion of Human Trafficking and other abuses under the guise of a managed labour migration scheme he said He also said that the establishment of the International Labour Migration Division in the ministry had played a major role in sensitisation and advocacy Nyamali added that the Pre departure Orientation Seminars PDOS of the ministry was to ensure smooth and orderly departure of migrants and migrant workers to the destination countries in line with what the NLC was doing He challenged stakeholders in charge of migration management in Nigeria to work together through advocacy and sensitisation According to him migration represents a growing challenge as Nigeria occupies an important position in the migration landscape in Africa The Ministry recognises the need for better management of organised labour migration in view of its contributions to the economic and social development of the country This is also as well as to combat the increasing challenges of irregular migration exploitative practices forced labour smuggling human trafficking and protection of the right of migrant workers through the trade union voice he said Also Vanessa Phala ILO Country Director to Nigeria said that the ILO under the Fairway Project had collaborated in the implementation and development of the information guide form migrants Phala also represented by Mr Austin Erameh National Project Coordinator Fairway Project said the guide was also developed through joint capacity building consultations and sensitisations We believe this guide will go a long way in addressing the absence of information for returning migrants and migrant workers in the country Erameh said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NLC inaugurates Trade Union Information Guide for migrant workers
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    NLC inaugurates Trade Union Information Guide for migrant workers

    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), says it has inaugurated the Trade Unions Information Guide, to assist returning migrants and migrant workers return, readmitted and reintegrated into society.

    The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba said this during the inauguration and unveiling of the “Trade Union Information Guide on `Return and Reintegration of Migrants and Migrant Workers” in Nigeria, on Thursday in Abuja.

    Wabba said that there were factors causing people, especially young people, to contemplate and undertake desperate and dangerous migrations.

    “We are witnessing a situation where the forceful removal and deportation of migrants, noticeably in Europe and North America, and migrant workers, especially in the Middle East, are increasing.

    “Equally interesting is the fact that several migrants and migrant workers are committing to returning, with some voluntarily ready to do so.

    “Unfortunately, it has been observed over time that several potential returnees find it difficult, frustrating and traumatic to both successfully return and get re-integrated back home.

    “One of the challenges encumbering this process has been identified as the dearth of handy and easy-to-understand-and-utilise pieces of Information,’’ he said.

    The NLC president said that the situation had made the two group of people susceptible to exploitation, vulnerability and, consequently, the unwillingness to return.

    Wabba added that the Congress recognised the human and labour rights of these persons; and considering that these migrants and migrant workers were potential members of the trade unions.

    “Therefore, the NLC sees the need to assist and support returning migrants and migrant workers to return, be readmitted and reintegrated home in comfort and dignity.

    “This is why this information guide has been produced,’’ he said.

    He said the Trade Union Information Guide had been formulated to contribute to, and complement the Standard Operating Procedures on Return and Reintegration, already developed by the Federal Government.

    According to him, it is a workers-friendly guide that places migrant workers at the core, and provides necessary links to facilitate an easy Return and Reintegration.

    “We are confident that this information guide will serve as a qualitative contribution to ensuring a comfortable and dignified return, and a successful readmission and reintegration of returning migrants and migrant workers.

    ” He expressed the NLC’s appreciation and commendation to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and other partners, both state and non-state actors, for the support in the development and production of the guide.

    Also, Mr John Nyamali, Director Employment and Wages, Ministry of Labour and Employment, said that the unveiling of the information guide was part of the process of implementing the ILO FAIRWAY Project.

    Nyamali, represented by Mr Raheem Kolawole, noted that the guide would strengthen effectiveness of workers’ organisations for enhanced engagement in the overall national labour migration.

    According to him, records have shown that many of the Private Employment Agencies (PEAs) operating in the country are insufficiently regulated.

    “This situation creates a platform for the promotion of Human Trafficking and other abuses under the guise of a managed labour migration scheme,’’ he said.

    He also said that the establishment of the International Labour Migration Division in the ministry, had played a major role in sensitisation and advocacy.

    Nyamali added that the Pre-departure Orientation Seminars (PDOS) of the ministry was to ensure smooth and orderly departure of migrants and migrant workers to the destination countries, in line with what the NLC was doing.

    He challenged stakeholders in charge of migration management in Nigeria, to work together through advocacy and sensitisation.

    According to him, migration represents a growing challenge as Nigeria occupies an important position in the migration landscape in Africa.

    “The Ministry recognises the need for better management of organised labour migration in view of its contributions to the economic and social development of the country.

    “This is also as well as to combat the increasing challenges of irregular migration, exploitative practices, forced labour, smuggling, human trafficking and protection of the right of migrant workers through the trade union voice,’’ he said.

    Also, Vanessa Phala, ILO Country Director to Nigeria said that the ILO, under the Fairway Project, had collaborated in the implementation and development of the information guide form migrants.

    Phala, also represented by Mr Austin Erameh, National Project Coordinator Fairway Project, said the guide was also developed through joint capacity building, consultations and sensitisations.

    “We believe this guide will go a long way in addressing the absence of information for returning migrants and migrant workers in the country,’’ Erameh said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Association of Academic Technologists NAAT says it will resist any attempt by the Federal Government to cause further disparities in salaries of workers in the university system NAAT President Ibeji Nwokoma said this when addressing newsmen in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Joint Action Committee JAC of the non teaching staff unions in the universities had also last week threatened to resist any form of disparity in salaries of workers in the universities NAN also recalled that the JAC of the non teaching staff in the Nigerian universities had alleged that there was disparity in salaries of workers in the Briggs led committee s report submitted to the Federal Government for approval NAN reports that the committee was set up in March by the Federal Government to oversee the negotiations with the four university based unions and had submitted its report over a month ago According to Nwokoma while the leadership of the union has restrained itself from rushing to conclusion on the news that has gone viral on social media concerning allocation of percentage salaries increase to unions This clearly is informed by the fact that as a responsible union we found the news to be faked and as stated earlier it negates all known laws of collective bargaining However if the axiom that behind every smoke there is a fire is true we wish to clearly state the position of our union NAAT will resist any attempt under any guise to introduce disparity in salaries in the universities As that will have its ripple effects by solving a problem and creating multiple hydra headed additional problems of restiveness resistance and deep rooted further struggles he said He therefore called on Nimi Briggs committee to reconvene and conclude the re negotiation process with the union He also said the committee should further adopt a more robust approach to the re negotiation He added that the committee had been slow and looked spineless in its ability to take decisions on behalf of the government Nwokoma therefore said that government s decision to enforce the no work no pay rule on the university workers was unlawful It is also important to remind government and the general public that the strike action embarked upon by NAAT is legitimate having complied with all laid down procedures and in line with ILO Convention 87 Therefore the stoppage of the payment of our salaries and allowances is unlawful draconian and contravenes the International best Labour Practices he said NAN also reports that NAAT had been on strike over alleged failure of government to keep to agreement entered with the union Their demands include implementation of the 2009 Agreement release of the enabling circular for the implementation of CONTISS 14 amp 15 for Academic Technologists and payment of the arrears of Earned Allowances among NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAAT vows to resist salary disparity in universities
     The National Association of Academic Technologists NAAT says it will resist any attempt by the Federal Government to cause further disparities in salaries of workers in the university system NAAT President Ibeji Nwokoma said this when addressing newsmen in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Joint Action Committee JAC of the non teaching staff unions in the universities had also last week threatened to resist any form of disparity in salaries of workers in the universities NAN also recalled that the JAC of the non teaching staff in the Nigerian universities had alleged that there was disparity in salaries of workers in the Briggs led committee s report submitted to the Federal Government for approval NAN reports that the committee was set up in March by the Federal Government to oversee the negotiations with the four university based unions and had submitted its report over a month ago According to Nwokoma while the leadership of the union has restrained itself from rushing to conclusion on the news that has gone viral on social media concerning allocation of percentage salaries increase to unions This clearly is informed by the fact that as a responsible union we found the news to be faked and as stated earlier it negates all known laws of collective bargaining However if the axiom that behind every smoke there is a fire is true we wish to clearly state the position of our union NAAT will resist any attempt under any guise to introduce disparity in salaries in the universities As that will have its ripple effects by solving a problem and creating multiple hydra headed additional problems of restiveness resistance and deep rooted further struggles he said He therefore called on Nimi Briggs committee to reconvene and conclude the re negotiation process with the union He also said the committee should further adopt a more robust approach to the re negotiation He added that the committee had been slow and looked spineless in its ability to take decisions on behalf of the government Nwokoma therefore said that government s decision to enforce the no work no pay rule on the university workers was unlawful It is also important to remind government and the general public that the strike action embarked upon by NAAT is legitimate having complied with all laid down procedures and in line with ILO Convention 87 Therefore the stoppage of the payment of our salaries and allowances is unlawful draconian and contravenes the International best Labour Practices he said NAN also reports that NAAT had been on strike over alleged failure of government to keep to agreement entered with the union Their demands include implementation of the 2009 Agreement release of the enabling circular for the implementation of CONTISS 14 amp 15 for Academic Technologists and payment of the arrears of Earned Allowances among NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAAT vows to resist salary disparity in universities
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    NAAT vows to resist salary disparity in universities

    The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) says it will resist any attempt by the Federal Government to cause further disparities in salaries of workers in the university system.

    NAAT President, Ibeji Nwokoma,said this when addressing newsmen in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the non-teaching staff unions in the universities had also last week threatened to resist any form of disparity in salaries of workers in the universities.

    NAN also recalled that the JAC of the non-teaching staff in the Nigerian universities had alleged that there was disparity in salaries of workers in the Briggs-led committee’s report submitted to the Federal Government for approval.

    NAN reports that the committee was set up in March by the Federal Government to oversee the negotiations with the four university-based unions and had submitted its report over a month ago.

    According to Nwokoma, while the leadership of the union has restrained itself from rushing to conclusion on the news that has gone viral on social media concerning allocation of percentage salaries increase to unions.

    “This clearly is informed by the fact that as a responsible union we found the news to be faked and as stated earlier, it negates all known laws of collective bargaining.

    “However, if the axiom that behind every smoke, there is a fire is true, we wish to clearly state the position of our union.

    “NAAT will resist any attempt under any guise to introduce disparity in salaries in the universities.

    “As that will have its ripple effects by solving a problem and creating multiple hydra-headed additional problems of restiveness, resistance and deep rooted further struggles, ’’he said.

    He, therefore, called on Nimi Briggs committee to reconvene and conclude the re-negotiation process with the union.

    He also said the committee should further adopt a more robust approach to the re-negotiation.

    He added that the committee had been slow and looked spineless in its ability to take decisions on behalf of the government.

    Nwokoma, therefore, said that government’s decision to enforce the “no work, no pay rule’’ on the university workers was unlawful.

    “It is also important to remind government and the general public that the strike action embarked upon by NAAT is legitimate having complied with all laid down procedures and in line with ILO Convention 87.

    “Therefore, the stoppage of the payment of our salaries and allowances is unlawful, draconian and contravenes the International best Labour Practices, ‘’he said.

    NAN also reports that NAAT had been on strike over alleged failure of government to keep to agreement entered with the union.

    Their demands include, implementation of the 2009 Agreement, release of  the enabling circular for the implementation of CONTISS 14 & 15 for Academic Technologists and payment of the arrears of Earned Allowances, among
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government says is investing billions in social protection to fight poverty in the country The Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige said this while addressing newsmen on the occasion of the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour on Thursday in Abuja The event was themed Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour Ngige however described the billions of Naira spent by the Federal Government on social protection programmes as triple vaccination against poverty He said that the Federal Government was vigorously implementing its numerous social protection programmes to better the lives of parents and the children According to him everything possible is being done to sustain the social protection programmes in spite of Nigeria s dwindling revenue He noted that poverty was fueling child labour especially in developing countries but expressed optimism that the scourge could be eliminated through establishment of social protection floors and programmes He said that his ministry and other members of the National Steering Committee on the Elimination of Child Labour were calling for increased investment in social protection programmes and schemes He added that this would establish solid social protection of children from child labour He explained that social protection programmes were essential in the fight against poverty and vulnerability identified as the causes of child labour Children engaged in this child labour are badly endangered and that is why the government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment in collaboration with the ILO and other stakeholders have been working assiduously They are collaborating to ensure the elimination of Child Labour in line with SDG 8 7 and that young workers of legal working age are protected and work in safe conditions he said According to the minister the government is vigorously implementing the National Children School Feeding Programme NCSFP which is the major plank of the battle to fight child labour He said this was aimed at increasing children school enrollment and preventing them from dropping out of school He said the children were being fed with proteins and nutritious food for healthy growth and also to keep them in school while providing jobs for their parents as farmers traders and cooks According to Ngige the government is also investing billions of Naira on the Universal Basic Education which is enabling children to have free primary and junior secondary school education and curb child labour He said poverty was also being addressed through the conditional cash transfer programme Trader moni and N power programme Ngige said others were the diversification of the economy into agriculture through Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme YEAP and the Technical Education Vocational Training TVET scheme He said the government has been trying to sustain all these programmes in spite of the declining revenue The Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF shows that in 2023 if we continue with business as usual without blocking leakages of oil theft without functional refineries and removal of oil subsidy we will have zero capital budget allocation The economy will be prostrate It is the capital projects aspect of economy that puts money in production Every money in recurrent is for consumption It doesn t create jobs Our earnings before and now are not the same It calls for concern he said He called on developed countries and the big corporate organisations in Nigeria to support the fight against child labour in Nigeria through investment in social protection Also Ms Vanessa Phala Director International Labour Organisation ILO country office for Nigeria Ghana Liberia and Sierrra Leone described the current situation as very serious Phala said recent ILO research in partnership with UNICEF on the role of Social Protection in elimination of child labour revealed that 1 5 billion children worldwide aged 0 14 received no family or child benefits She also noted that more than 160 million children aged five to 17 years were still engaged in child labour and progress had stalled since 2016 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG investing billions in social protection to fight poverty-Ngige
     The Federal Government says is investing billions in social protection to fight poverty in the country The Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige said this while addressing newsmen on the occasion of the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour on Thursday in Abuja The event was themed Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour Ngige however described the billions of Naira spent by the Federal Government on social protection programmes as triple vaccination against poverty He said that the Federal Government was vigorously implementing its numerous social protection programmes to better the lives of parents and the children According to him everything possible is being done to sustain the social protection programmes in spite of Nigeria s dwindling revenue He noted that poverty was fueling child labour especially in developing countries but expressed optimism that the scourge could be eliminated through establishment of social protection floors and programmes He said that his ministry and other members of the National Steering Committee on the Elimination of Child Labour were calling for increased investment in social protection programmes and schemes He added that this would establish solid social protection of children from child labour He explained that social protection programmes were essential in the fight against poverty and vulnerability identified as the causes of child labour Children engaged in this child labour are badly endangered and that is why the government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment in collaboration with the ILO and other stakeholders have been working assiduously They are collaborating to ensure the elimination of Child Labour in line with SDG 8 7 and that young workers of legal working age are protected and work in safe conditions he said According to the minister the government is vigorously implementing the National Children School Feeding Programme NCSFP which is the major plank of the battle to fight child labour He said this was aimed at increasing children school enrollment and preventing them from dropping out of school He said the children were being fed with proteins and nutritious food for healthy growth and also to keep them in school while providing jobs for their parents as farmers traders and cooks According to Ngige the government is also investing billions of Naira on the Universal Basic Education which is enabling children to have free primary and junior secondary school education and curb child labour He said poverty was also being addressed through the conditional cash transfer programme Trader moni and N power programme Ngige said others were the diversification of the economy into agriculture through Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme YEAP and the Technical Education Vocational Training TVET scheme He said the government has been trying to sustain all these programmes in spite of the declining revenue The Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF shows that in 2023 if we continue with business as usual without blocking leakages of oil theft without functional refineries and removal of oil subsidy we will have zero capital budget allocation The economy will be prostrate It is the capital projects aspect of economy that puts money in production Every money in recurrent is for consumption It doesn t create jobs Our earnings before and now are not the same It calls for concern he said He called on developed countries and the big corporate organisations in Nigeria to support the fight against child labour in Nigeria through investment in social protection Also Ms Vanessa Phala Director International Labour Organisation ILO country office for Nigeria Ghana Liberia and Sierrra Leone described the current situation as very serious Phala said recent ILO research in partnership with UNICEF on the role of Social Protection in elimination of child labour revealed that 1 5 billion children worldwide aged 0 14 received no family or child benefits She also noted that more than 160 million children aged five to 17 years were still engaged in child labour and progress had stalled since 2016 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG investing billions in social protection to fight poverty-Ngige
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    FG investing billions in social protection to fight poverty-Ngige

    The Federal Government says is investing billions in social protection to fight poverty in the country.The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, said this while addressing newsmen on the occasion of the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour, on Thursday in Abuja.The event was themed; “Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour.”Ngige however, described the billions of Naira spent by the Federal Government on social protection programmes as triple vaccination against poverty.He said that the Federal Government was vigorously implementing its numerous social protection programmes to better the lives of parents and the children.According to him, everything possible is being done to sustain the social protection programmes in spite of Nigeria’s dwindling revenue.He noted that poverty was fueling child labour, especially in developing countries, but expressed optimism that the scourge could be eliminated through establishment of social protection floors and programmes.He said that his ministry and other members of the National Steering Committee on the Elimination of Child Labour were calling for increased investment in social protection programmes and schemes.He added that this would establish solid social protection of children from child labour.He explained that social protection programmes were essential in the fight against poverty and vulnerability, identified as the causes of child labour.“Children engaged in this (child labour) are badly endangered and that is why the government, through the Ministry of Labour and Employment, in collaboration with the ILO and other stakeholders, have been working assiduously.“They are collaborating to ensure the elimination of Child Labour in line with SDG 8.7, and that young workers of legal working age are protected and work in safe conditions,’’he said.According to the minister, the government is vigorously implementing the National Children School Feeding Programme (NCSFP), which is the major plank of the battle to fight child labour.He said this was aimed at increasing children school enrollment and preventing them from dropping out of school.He said the children were being fed with proteins and nutritious food for healthy growth and also to keep them in school, while providing jobs for their parents as farmers, traders and cooks.According to Ngige, the government is also investing billions of Naira on the Universal Basic Education, which is enabling children to have free primary and junior secondary school education, and curb child labour.He said poverty was also being addressed through the conditional cash transfer programme, Trader moni and N-power programme.Ngige said others were the diversification of the economy into agriculture through Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) and the Technical Education Vocational Training (TVET) scheme.He said the government has been trying to sustain all these programmes in spite of the declining revenue.“The Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) shows that in 2023, if we continue with business as usual, without blocking leakages of oil theft, without functional refineries and removal of oil subsidy, we will have zero  capital budget allocation.“The economy will be prostrate.It is the capital projects aspect of economy that puts money in production.Every money in recurrent is for consumption.“It doesn’t create jobs.Our earnings before and now are not the same.It calls for concern,’’ he said.He called on developed countries and the big corporate organisations in Nigeria to support the fight against child labour in Nigeria through investment in social protection.Also, Ms Vanessa Phala, Director, International Labour Organisation (ILO) country office for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierrra Leone, described the current situation as very serious.Phala said recent ILO research, in partnership with UNICEF on the role of “Social Protection in elimination of child labour, revealed that 1.5 billion children worldwide, aged 0-14, received no family or child benefits.She also noted that more than 160 million children aged five to 17 years, were still engaged in child labour, and progress had stalled since 2016.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has said that it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria public universities and others The NLC President Mr Ayubaa Wabba said this in a circular jointly signed by Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja General Secretary of the Congress on Sunday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the circular which was issued on July 15 was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike for over five months over alleged failure of government to keep to agreement entered with the unions The demands of the striking workers include issues bordering on funding of universities salaries and earned allowances of lecturers According to Wabba the action is in line with the decisions of the National Executive Council NEC meeting of the Nigeria Labour Congress on June 30 We have scheduled as follows the National Days of Protest to get our children back to school and support our unions in Nigeria s public universities fighting for quality education The dates are on July 26 and 27 at all the state capitals of the federation and Abuja the Federal Capital Territory and take off point are at the NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House Abuja You are requested to immediately convene the meetings of your SAC to disseminate this information and to fully mobilise workers in the states for this very important protest for good governance he said Also in a separate statement Wabba faulted the Federal Government s purported rejection of the Nimi Briggs Committee report of the university based union s negotiations According to him the alleged action is inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the ILO Convention Number 98 ratified by Nigeria and which core principle is Negotiation in Good Faith The Nigeria Labour Congress is concerned about reports widely disseminated by the media both online and traditional positing that the Federal Government may have rejected its own Nimi Briggs Committee That is on the premise of alleged disparity between the pay rise allocated to university teaching staff and the non teaching staff First we wish to posit that the purpose for setting up the Nimi Briggs Committee was to conform with the fundamental principles of the rights of trade unions to collective bargaining as guaranteed by ILO Convention Number 98 which Nigeria has ratified Wabba pointed out that one of the cardinal principles of collective bargaining was the Principle of Negotiation in Good fate He noted that elements of the principle included conducting genuine and constructive negotiations Wabba however noted that since the government set up the Nimi briggs Committee to make recommendations on the review of the salaries of workers in Nigeria s universities the unions and NLC had been kept in the dark on the report of the Committee According to him it is a shocker to read from the media snippets of a report of what is strictly the product of a negotiation between the Federal Government Committee and the concerned trade unions Our first response is to aver that this development gravely betrays and undermines the principle of negotiation in good fate as it manifests crass disrespect by government for trade unions in Nigeria s universities he said He said the Congress therefore demanded that the Federal Government should immediately conclude the ongoing negotiation with trade unions in Nigeria s universities He also called on government to be prepared to commence the implementation of whatever Collective Bargaining Agreement arising from it They should also immediately pay the salaries of striking university workers which had been frozen on the premise of the so called no work no pay policy especially as recommended by the leaders of Nigeria s two major faiths he said www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: NLC to embark on nationwide solidarity protest on July 26, 27
     The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has said that it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria public universities and others The NLC President Mr Ayubaa Wabba said this in a circular jointly signed by Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja General Secretary of the Congress on Sunday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the circular which was issued on July 15 was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike for over five months over alleged failure of government to keep to agreement entered with the unions The demands of the striking workers include issues bordering on funding of universities salaries and earned allowances of lecturers According to Wabba the action is in line with the decisions of the National Executive Council NEC meeting of the Nigeria Labour Congress on June 30 We have scheduled as follows the National Days of Protest to get our children back to school and support our unions in Nigeria s public universities fighting for quality education The dates are on July 26 and 27 at all the state capitals of the federation and Abuja the Federal Capital Territory and take off point are at the NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House Abuja You are requested to immediately convene the meetings of your SAC to disseminate this information and to fully mobilise workers in the states for this very important protest for good governance he said Also in a separate statement Wabba faulted the Federal Government s purported rejection of the Nimi Briggs Committee report of the university based union s negotiations According to him the alleged action is inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the ILO Convention Number 98 ratified by Nigeria and which core principle is Negotiation in Good Faith The Nigeria Labour Congress is concerned about reports widely disseminated by the media both online and traditional positing that the Federal Government may have rejected its own Nimi Briggs Committee That is on the premise of alleged disparity between the pay rise allocated to university teaching staff and the non teaching staff First we wish to posit that the purpose for setting up the Nimi Briggs Committee was to conform with the fundamental principles of the rights of trade unions to collective bargaining as guaranteed by ILO Convention Number 98 which Nigeria has ratified Wabba pointed out that one of the cardinal principles of collective bargaining was the Principle of Negotiation in Good fate He noted that elements of the principle included conducting genuine and constructive negotiations Wabba however noted that since the government set up the Nimi briggs Committee to make recommendations on the review of the salaries of workers in Nigeria s universities the unions and NLC had been kept in the dark on the report of the Committee According to him it is a shocker to read from the media snippets of a report of what is strictly the product of a negotiation between the Federal Government Committee and the concerned trade unions Our first response is to aver that this development gravely betrays and undermines the principle of negotiation in good fate as it manifests crass disrespect by government for trade unions in Nigeria s universities he said He said the Congress therefore demanded that the Federal Government should immediately conclude the ongoing negotiation with trade unions in Nigeria s universities He also called on government to be prepared to commence the implementation of whatever Collective Bargaining Agreement arising from it They should also immediately pay the salaries of striking university workers which had been frozen on the premise of the so called no work no pay policy especially as recommended by the leaders of Nigeria s two major faiths he said www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: NLC to embark on nationwide solidarity protest on July 26, 27
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    ASUU Strike: NLC to embark on nationwide solidarity protest on July 26, 27

    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has said that it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria public universities and others.

    The NLC President, Mr Ayubaa Wabba said this in a circular jointly signed by Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary of the Congress on Sunday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the circular which was issued on July 15, was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils.

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike for over five months over alleged failure of government to keep to agreement entered with the unions.

    The demands of the striking workers include issues bordering on funding of universities, salaries and earned allowances of lecturers.

    According to Wabba,  the action is in line with the decisions of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Nigeria Labour Congress on June 30.

    “We have scheduled as follows the National Days of Protest to get our children back to school and support our unions in Nigeria’s public universities fighting for quality education.

    “The dates are on July 26 and 27 at all the state capitals of the federation and Abuja the Federal Capital Territory and take off point are at the NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House, Abuja.

    “You are requested to immediately convene the meetings of your SAC to disseminate this information and to fully mobilise workers in the states for this very important protest for good governance, ’’ he said.

    Also, in a separate statement, Wabba faulted the Federal Government’s purported rejection of the Nimi-Briggs Committee report of the university based union’s negotiations.

    According to him, the alleged action is inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the ILO Convention Number 98 ratified by Nigeria and which core principle is Negotiation in Good Faith.

    “The Nigeria Labour Congress is concerned about reports widely disseminated by the media both online and traditional, positing that the Federal Government may have rejected its own Nimi-Briggs Committee.

    “That is  on the premise of alleged disparity between the pay rise allocated to university teaching staff and the non-teaching staff.

    “First, we wish to posit that the purpose for setting up the Nimi Briggs Committee was to conform with the fundamental principles of the rights of trade unions to collective bargaining as guaranteed by ILO Convention Number 98 which Nigeria has ratified.

    Wabba pointed out that one of the cardinal principles of collective bargaining was the Principle of Negotiation in Good fate.

    He noted that elements of the principle included conducting genuine and constructive negotiations.

    Wabba however, noted that since the government set up the Nimi-briggs Committee to make recommendations on the review of the salaries of workers in Nigeria’s universities, the unions and NLC had been kept in the dark on the report of the Committee.

    According to him, it is a shocker to read from the media snippets of a report of what is strictly the product of a negotiation between the Federal Government Committee and the concerned trade unions.

    “Our first response is to aver that this development gravely betrays and undermines the principle of negotiation in good fate as it manifests crass disrespect by government for trade unions in Nigeria’s universities,’’ he said.

    He said the Congress therefore demanded that the Federal Government should immediately conclude the ongoing negotiation with trade unions in Nigeria’s universities.

    He also called on government to be prepared to commence the implementation of whatever Collective Bargaining Agreement arising from it.

    “They should also immediately pay the salaries of striking university workers which had been frozen on the premise of the so-called “no work-no pay” policy, especially as recommended by the leaders of Nigeria’s two major faiths,’’ he said.(www.nanews.ng)

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  •  The United Nations through its organizations UNICEF UNDP ILO and WFP in partnership with the Federal Government committed to fighting poverty and improving health through social development in the country The Nigerian News Agency reports that stakeholders made this known on Friday during a joint program themed Expanding and sustaining the social protection system in Nigeria in Abuja NAN reports that the program started in Sokoto state with 6 000 beneficiaries and was funded by the SDG Joint Fund According to Mr Matthias Schmale UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria the joint program is contributing to poverty reduction good health well being and the reduction of inequalities in Nigeria This initiative is addressing 3 SDGs zero poverty zero hunger and well being if we want to have a social impact then social protection is essential We may not be able to fix the economy quickly but we could arguably eliminate poverty and this is what the initiative aims to achieve He also added that social protection must be done with dignity which results in the transfer of cash to the beneficiaries Cash transfer is an important mechanism because it gives people options on how to spend their money I was pleased to hear from government officials who recognize the value of supporting vulnerable people with cash This support has transformed people and the key support measures I have outlined are cash transfers to some 6 000 vulnerable people including 600 pregnant women Although it is a small scale intervention it is potentially transformative and we can all learn from it and scale it up Schmale said He also urged the government to prioritize social protection work by investing money in it and noted that the UN would try to replicate support in other states Dr Faizate Busari social protection specialist at UNICEF said the key area of the project was advancing policies around social protection It is important to integrate different disciplines to access to health education and social services in general and ensure that the state level where social protection is crucial has the correct policy Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said that the funds had a positive impact on the country s social sector especially in the revision of the national social protection policy He thanked the United Nations organization for the efforts made to ensure that the funds were used properly to achieve the programme Agba added that FG is committed to ending poverty and establishing a social protection policy in Nigeria Mr Mukhtar Sani Secretary of the National Joint Association for People Living with Disabilities PWD in Sokoto State who is also a beneficiary said the intervention had touched their lives Now we have access to free health services through the registration of PWD in various clinics so that they can access health services We also have access to quality education in the state unlike before where children with disabilities are not in school now they are enrolled in school to study Sani said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN and FG address poverty through social protection initiative
     The United Nations through its organizations UNICEF UNDP ILO and WFP in partnership with the Federal Government committed to fighting poverty and improving health through social development in the country The Nigerian News Agency reports that stakeholders made this known on Friday during a joint program themed Expanding and sustaining the social protection system in Nigeria in Abuja NAN reports that the program started in Sokoto state with 6 000 beneficiaries and was funded by the SDG Joint Fund According to Mr Matthias Schmale UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria the joint program is contributing to poverty reduction good health well being and the reduction of inequalities in Nigeria This initiative is addressing 3 SDGs zero poverty zero hunger and well being if we want to have a social impact then social protection is essential We may not be able to fix the economy quickly but we could arguably eliminate poverty and this is what the initiative aims to achieve He also added that social protection must be done with dignity which results in the transfer of cash to the beneficiaries Cash transfer is an important mechanism because it gives people options on how to spend their money I was pleased to hear from government officials who recognize the value of supporting vulnerable people with cash This support has transformed people and the key support measures I have outlined are cash transfers to some 6 000 vulnerable people including 600 pregnant women Although it is a small scale intervention it is potentially transformative and we can all learn from it and scale it up Schmale said He also urged the government to prioritize social protection work by investing money in it and noted that the UN would try to replicate support in other states Dr Faizate Busari social protection specialist at UNICEF said the key area of the project was advancing policies around social protection It is important to integrate different disciplines to access to health education and social services in general and ensure that the state level where social protection is crucial has the correct policy Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said that the funds had a positive impact on the country s social sector especially in the revision of the national social protection policy He thanked the United Nations organization for the efforts made to ensure that the funds were used properly to achieve the programme Agba added that FG is committed to ending poverty and establishing a social protection policy in Nigeria Mr Mukhtar Sani Secretary of the National Joint Association for People Living with Disabilities PWD in Sokoto State who is also a beneficiary said the intervention had touched their lives Now we have access to free health services through the registration of PWD in various clinics so that they can access health services We also have access to quality education in the state unlike before where children with disabilities are not in school now they are enrolled in school to study Sani said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN and FG address poverty through social protection initiative
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    UN and FG address poverty through social protection initiative

    The United Nations, through its organizations, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO and WFP, in partnership with the Federal Government, committed to fighting poverty and improving health through social development in the country.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that stakeholders made this known on Friday during a joint program themed “Expanding and sustaining the social protection system in Nigeria” in Abuja.

    NAN reports that the program started in Sokoto state with 6,000 beneficiaries and was funded by the SDG Joint Fund.

    According to Mr. Matthias Schmale, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, the joint program is contributing to poverty reduction, good health, well-being and the reduction of inequalities in Nigeria.

    "This initiative is addressing 3 SDGs: zero poverty, zero hunger and well-being, if we want to have a social impact, then social protection is essential."

    “We may not be able to fix the economy quickly, but we could arguably eliminate poverty and this is what the initiative aims to achieve.

    He also added that social protection must be done with dignity, which results in the transfer of cash to the beneficiaries.

    “Cash transfer is an important mechanism because it gives people options on how to spend their money,

    “I was pleased to hear from government officials who recognize the value of supporting vulnerable people with cash.”

    “This support has transformed people and the key support measures I have outlined are cash transfers to some 6,000 vulnerable people, including 600 pregnant women.

    "Although it is a small-scale intervention, it is potentially transformative and we can all learn from it and scale it up." Schmale said.

    He also urged the government to prioritize social protection work by investing money in it and noted that the UN would try to replicate support in other states.

    Dr. Faizate Busari, social protection specialist at UNICEF, said the key area of ​​the project was advancing policies around social protection.

    “It is important to integrate different disciplines to access to health, education and social services in general and ensure that the state level, where social protection is crucial, has the correct policy,

    Mr. Clement Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, said that the funds had a positive impact on the country's social sector, especially in the revision of the national social protection policy.

    He thanked the United Nations organization for the efforts made to ensure that the funds were used properly to achieve the programme,

    Agba added that FG is committed to ending poverty and establishing a social protection policy in Nigeria.

    Mr. Mukhtar Sani, Secretary of the National Joint Association for People Living with Disabilities (PWD) in Sokoto State, who is also a beneficiary, said the intervention had touched their lives.

    "Now we have access to free health services through the registration of PWD in various clinics so that they can access health services,"

    "We also have access to quality education in the state, unlike before where children with disabilities are not in school, now they are enrolled in school to study." Sani said.

    (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The United Nations UN says women working in the health and care sector earn nearly 25 per cent less than their male counterparts a larger gender pay gap than in other economic sectors The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Deputy Spokesman for the UN Farhan Haq said this at a news conference at UN headquarters New York on Thursday Haq who was briefing on The Gender Pay Gap in the Health and Care Sector a Global Analysis in the Time of COVID 19 published by the International Labour Organisation ILO and the World Health Organisation WHO om Wednesday According to him the report by the two UN agencies notes that much of the wage gap is unexplained perhaps due to discrimination toward women who account for 67 per cent of health and care workers worldwide The report also finds that wages in the health and care sector tend to be lower overall when compared with other economic sectors This is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in economic sectors where women are predominant ILO and WHO also pointed out that even with the COVID 19 pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020 Meanwhile the report documents a raw gender pay gap of roughly 20 percentage points which jumps to 24 percentage points when factors such as age education and working time are taken into account While much of this gap is unexplained the agencies said it is perhaps due to discrimination towards women who account for nearly 70 per cent of health and care workers worldwide The report also revealed that wages in the health and care tend to be lower overall when compared with other sectors which is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in areas where women are predominant Furthermore even with the pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers during the crisis there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020 The health and care sector has endured low pay in general stubbornly large gender pay gaps and very demanding working conditions The COVID 19 pandemic clearly exposed this situation while also demonstrating how vital the sector and its workers are in keeping families societies and economies going Manuela Tomei Director of Conditions of Work and Equality Department at the ILO said The report also found a wide variation in gender pay gaps in different countries indicating that these gaps are not inevitable and that more can be done to close the divide Within countries gender pay gaps tend to be wider in higher pay categories where men are over represented while women are over represented in the lower pay categories Mothers working in the health and care sector also appear to suffer additional penalties with gender pay gaps significantly increasing during a woman s reproductive years and persisting throughout the rest of her working life A more equitable sharing of family duties between men and women could lead to women making different job choices according to the report The analysis also examined factors that are driving the gender pay gaps in the health and care sector Differences in age education and working time as well as the difference in the participation of men and women in the public or private sectors only address part of the problem The reasons why women are paid less than men with similar labour market profiles remains to a large extent unexplained by labour market factors the report said Tomei expressed hope that the report will spark dialogue and policy action as there will be no inclusive resilient and sustainable post pandemic recovery without a stronger health and care sector We cannot have better quality health and care services without better and fairer working conditions including fairer wages for health and care workers the majority of whom are women she said Jim Campbell WHO s Director of Health Workforce added that the report contains success stories in several countries including wage increases and political commitment to pay equity which point the way forward Women comprise the majority of workers in the health and care sector yet in far too many countries systemic biases are resulting in pernicious pay penalties against them he said The evidence and analysis in this ground breaking report must inform governments employers and workers to take effective action NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN laments gender pay gap for women in heath sector
     The United Nations UN says women working in the health and care sector earn nearly 25 per cent less than their male counterparts a larger gender pay gap than in other economic sectors The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Deputy Spokesman for the UN Farhan Haq said this at a news conference at UN headquarters New York on Thursday Haq who was briefing on The Gender Pay Gap in the Health and Care Sector a Global Analysis in the Time of COVID 19 published by the International Labour Organisation ILO and the World Health Organisation WHO om Wednesday According to him the report by the two UN agencies notes that much of the wage gap is unexplained perhaps due to discrimination toward women who account for 67 per cent of health and care workers worldwide The report also finds that wages in the health and care sector tend to be lower overall when compared with other economic sectors This is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in economic sectors where women are predominant ILO and WHO also pointed out that even with the COVID 19 pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020 Meanwhile the report documents a raw gender pay gap of roughly 20 percentage points which jumps to 24 percentage points when factors such as age education and working time are taken into account While much of this gap is unexplained the agencies said it is perhaps due to discrimination towards women who account for nearly 70 per cent of health and care workers worldwide The report also revealed that wages in the health and care tend to be lower overall when compared with other sectors which is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in areas where women are predominant Furthermore even with the pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers during the crisis there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020 The health and care sector has endured low pay in general stubbornly large gender pay gaps and very demanding working conditions The COVID 19 pandemic clearly exposed this situation while also demonstrating how vital the sector and its workers are in keeping families societies and economies going Manuela Tomei Director of Conditions of Work and Equality Department at the ILO said The report also found a wide variation in gender pay gaps in different countries indicating that these gaps are not inevitable and that more can be done to close the divide Within countries gender pay gaps tend to be wider in higher pay categories where men are over represented while women are over represented in the lower pay categories Mothers working in the health and care sector also appear to suffer additional penalties with gender pay gaps significantly increasing during a woman s reproductive years and persisting throughout the rest of her working life A more equitable sharing of family duties between men and women could lead to women making different job choices according to the report The analysis also examined factors that are driving the gender pay gaps in the health and care sector Differences in age education and working time as well as the difference in the participation of men and women in the public or private sectors only address part of the problem The reasons why women are paid less than men with similar labour market profiles remains to a large extent unexplained by labour market factors the report said Tomei expressed hope that the report will spark dialogue and policy action as there will be no inclusive resilient and sustainable post pandemic recovery without a stronger health and care sector We cannot have better quality health and care services without better and fairer working conditions including fairer wages for health and care workers the majority of whom are women she said Jim Campbell WHO s Director of Health Workforce added that the report contains success stories in several countries including wage increases and political commitment to pay equity which point the way forward Women comprise the majority of workers in the health and care sector yet in far too many countries systemic biases are resulting in pernicious pay penalties against them he said The evidence and analysis in this ground breaking report must inform governments employers and workers to take effective action NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN laments gender pay gap for women in heath sector
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    UN laments gender pay gap for women in heath sector

    The United Nations (UN) says women working in the health and care sector earn nearly 25 per cent less than their male counterparts – a larger gender pay gap than in other economic sectors

    The  News Agency of Nigeria reports that Deputy Spokesman for the UN, Farhan Haq, said this at a news conference at UN headquarters, New York on Thursday.

    Haq, who was briefing on “The Gender Pay Gap in the Health and Care Sector: a Global Analysis in the Time of COVID-19’’, published by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) om Wednesday.

    According to him, the report by the two UN agencies notes that much of the wage gap is unexplained, perhaps due to discrimination toward women – who account for 67 per cent of health and care workers worldwide.

    “The report also finds that wages in the health and care sector tend to be lower overall, when compared with other economic sectors.

    “This is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in economic sectors where women are predominant.’’

    ILO and WHO also pointed out that even with the COVID-19 pandemic and the crucial role played by health and care workers, there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020.

    Meanwhile, the report documents a raw gender pay gap of roughly 20 percentage points which jumps to 24 percentage points when factors such as age, education and working time are taken into account.

    While much of this gap is unexplained, the agencies said it is perhaps due to discrimination towards women, who account for nearly 70 per cent of health and care workers worldwide.

    The report also revealed that wages in the health and care tend to be lower overall when compared with other sectors, which is consistent with the finding that wages often are lower in areas where women are predominant.

    Furthermore, even with the pandemic, and the crucial role played by health and care workers during the crisis, there were only marginal improvements in pay equality between 2019 and 2020.

    “The health and care sector has endured low pay in general, stubbornly large gender pay gaps, and very demanding working conditions.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic clearly exposed this situation while also demonstrating how vital the sector and its workers are in keeping families, societies and economies going,” Manuela Tomei, Director of Conditions of Work and Equality Department at the ILO, said.

    The report also found a wide variation in gender pay gaps in different countries, indicating that these gaps are not inevitable and that more can be done to close the divide.

    Within countries, gender pay gaps tend to be wider in higher pay categories, where men are over-represented, while women are over-represented in the lower pay categories.

    Mothers working in the health and care sector also appear to suffer additional penalties, with gender pay gaps significantly increasing during a woman’s reproductive years and persisting throughout the rest of her working life.

    A more equitable sharing of family duties between men and women could lead to women making different job choices, according to the report.

    The analysis also examined factors that are driving the gender pay gaps in the health and care sector.

    Differences in age, education and working time, as well as the difference in the participation of men and women in the public or private sectors, only address part of the problem.

    The reasons why women are paid less than men with similar labour market profiles remains, to a large extent, unexplained by labour market factors, the report said.

    Tomei expressed hope that the report will spark dialogue and policy action as there will be no inclusive, resilient and sustainable post-pandemic recovery without a stronger health and care sector.

    “We cannot have better-quality health and care services without better and fairer working conditions, including fairer wages, for health and care workers, the majority of whom are women,” she said.

    Jim Campbell, WHO’s Director of Health Workforce, added that the report contains success stories in several countries, including wage increases and political commitment to pay equity, which point the way forward.

    “Women comprise the majority of workers in the health and care sector, yet in far too many countries systemic biases are resulting in pernicious pay penalties against them,” he said.

    “The evidence and analysis in this ground-breaking report must inform governments, employers and workers to take effective action.” (

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  •  The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF says it will collaborate with the International Labour Organisation ILO on laws to regulate COVID 19 claims and compensations Mrs Nkiru Ogunnaike NSITF General Manager Claims and Compensation while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Tuesday said that the regulation would be to registered employers employees and their dependents We all know about the COVID 19 which we are still trying to come out from and which has actually posed a lot of issues across the world and not just Nigeria alone This is in terms of processing claims and emanating claims from people who said they have COVID 19 We know that under the Employees Compensation Scheme if you get injured in the cause of work on your way to work way back from work or in the working place you will be covered under the scheme Also in terms of where you get injured disabled occupational diseases or if death occurred in the cause of work Now with COVID 19 it is difficult to establish where a worker has contracted the pandemic So in processing such a claim how will you ascertain whether it occurred in the cause of work or not she said Ogunnaike said that the NSITF was in touch with the ILO and also understudying other countries on ways to ascertain how it would be established that COVID 19 occurred in the cause of work She pointed out that another scenario was the new work life across the nation or even across the world which was work from home According to her NSITF has received number of cases from people who said they got injured while working from home This has been difficult because we are having many of such cases and we know that the world is going digital and work from home has come to stay So how can you establish that this person got injured while he or she is working from home and not a domestic accident We are talking to ILO to see if the other countries are having such challenges it is a new norm and it is here to stay and certainly we will come up with laws that will regulate this she said The general manager also further said that there were lots of claims that concerned road traffic accidents in the country Most of our claims are road traffic accident or death of people who are travelling on their way to work or on their way back from work Though they are covered when they get injured or die as a result of that We are collaborating the police and other para military agencies to help keep the road safe where people can travel to work and back I think more collaboration with those agencies can help curb these heavy claims she added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSITF to collaborate ILO to regulate COVID-19 claims, compensations
     The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF says it will collaborate with the International Labour Organisation ILO on laws to regulate COVID 19 claims and compensations Mrs Nkiru Ogunnaike NSITF General Manager Claims and Compensation while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Tuesday said that the regulation would be to registered employers employees and their dependents We all know about the COVID 19 which we are still trying to come out from and which has actually posed a lot of issues across the world and not just Nigeria alone This is in terms of processing claims and emanating claims from people who said they have COVID 19 We know that under the Employees Compensation Scheme if you get injured in the cause of work on your way to work way back from work or in the working place you will be covered under the scheme Also in terms of where you get injured disabled occupational diseases or if death occurred in the cause of work Now with COVID 19 it is difficult to establish where a worker has contracted the pandemic So in processing such a claim how will you ascertain whether it occurred in the cause of work or not she said Ogunnaike said that the NSITF was in touch with the ILO and also understudying other countries on ways to ascertain how it would be established that COVID 19 occurred in the cause of work She pointed out that another scenario was the new work life across the nation or even across the world which was work from home According to her NSITF has received number of cases from people who said they got injured while working from home This has been difficult because we are having many of such cases and we know that the world is going digital and work from home has come to stay So how can you establish that this person got injured while he or she is working from home and not a domestic accident We are talking to ILO to see if the other countries are having such challenges it is a new norm and it is here to stay and certainly we will come up with laws that will regulate this she said The general manager also further said that there were lots of claims that concerned road traffic accidents in the country Most of our claims are road traffic accident or death of people who are travelling on their way to work or on their way back from work Though they are covered when they get injured or die as a result of that We are collaborating the police and other para military agencies to help keep the road safe where people can travel to work and back I think more collaboration with those agencies can help curb these heavy claims she added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSITF to collaborate ILO to regulate COVID-19 claims, compensations
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    NSITF to collaborate ILO to regulate COVID-19 claims, compensations

    The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) says it will collaborate with the International Labour Organisation(ILO) on laws to regulate COVID-19 claims and compensations.

    Mrs Nkiru Ogunnaike, NSITF General Manager, Claims and Compensation, while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the regulation would be to registered employers, employees and their dependents.

    “We all know about the COVID-19, which we are still trying to come out from and which has actually posed a lot of issues across the world and not just Nigeria alone.

    “This is in terms of processing claims and emanating claims from people who said they have COVID-19.

    “We know that under the Employees Compensation Scheme, if you get injured in the cause of work, on your way to work, way back from work or in the working place, you will be covered under the scheme.

    “Also, in terms of where you get injured, disabled, occupational diseases or if death occurred in the cause of work.

    “Now with COVID-19, it is difficult to establish where a worker has contracted the pandemic. So, in processing such a claim, how will you ascertain whether it occurred in the cause of work or not,” she said.

    Ogunnaike said that the NSITF was in touch with the ILO and also understudying other countries on ways to ascertain how it would be established that COVID-19 occurred in the cause of work.

    She pointed out that another scenario was the new work life across the nation or even across the world which was, ”work from home”.

    According to her, NSITF has received number of cases from people who said they got injured while working from home.

    “This has been difficult because we are having many of such cases and we know that the world is going digital and work from home has come to stay.

    “So, how can you establish that this person got injured while he or she is working from home and not a domestic accident.

    “We are talking to ILO, to see if the other countries are having such challenges, it is a new norm and it is here to stay and certainly we will come up with laws that will regulate this”, she said.

    The general manager also further said that there were lots of claims that concerned road traffic accidents in the country.

    “Most of our claims are road traffic accident or death of people who are travelling on their way to work; or on their way back from work. Though they are covered when they get injured or die as a result of that.

    “We are  collaborating the police and other para-military agencies to help keep the road safe, where people can travel to work and back.

    “I think more collaboration with those agencies can help curb these heavy claims ,’’she added.(

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The International Labour Organisation ILO says it will continue to support Nigeria in strengthening Labour Migration Governance in the country The ILO Country Director to Nigeria Vanessa Phala said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja Phala said the ILO was collaborating with the Ministry of Labour and Employment and other social partners in improving Labour migration governance for the protection and promotion of rights of migrant workers She said that currently the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers had risen to 169 million that constituted nearly five per cent of the global labour market According to Phala there is a lot of work that we are doing with our social partners this is in terms of providing service to potential detainee migrant workers Our collaboration is mainly in improving overall Labour Migration Policy that will be beneficial to migrant workers In this regard ILO recognises the legitimate human and labour right only when it is done within the confines of established laws and procedures and works also in consonance with the International Labour Standards This is in order to protect and to promote the rights of all migrant workers especially women she said She added that migration was an increasingly important policy issue as economic hardship and geo political crises were leading to lack of decent work resulting to growing diverse migratory movements Phala however said ILO had been supporting Nigeria with the legislation at the national level and in the revision of the Nation Policy on Labour Migration According to her this policy provides the framework on how to manage labour migration We are also working to strengthen the capacity of the migrant s resource centres this is in order to provide advice and support the potential detainee migrants We are promoting fair recruitment practices protecting migrant workers rights and also advancing labour migrants data and statistics basically it is trying to make available information that will empower the detainees It also empowers us to see the opportunities for them to advance their economic situation in the country Phala said www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ILO pledges continued support for Labour  Migrant Governance in Nigeria 
     The International Labour Organisation ILO says it will continue to support Nigeria in strengthening Labour Migration Governance in the country The ILO Country Director to Nigeria Vanessa Phala said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja Phala said the ILO was collaborating with the Ministry of Labour and Employment and other social partners in improving Labour migration governance for the protection and promotion of rights of migrant workers She said that currently the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers had risen to 169 million that constituted nearly five per cent of the global labour market According to Phala there is a lot of work that we are doing with our social partners this is in terms of providing service to potential detainee migrant workers Our collaboration is mainly in improving overall Labour Migration Policy that will be beneficial to migrant workers In this regard ILO recognises the legitimate human and labour right only when it is done within the confines of established laws and procedures and works also in consonance with the International Labour Standards This is in order to protect and to promote the rights of all migrant workers especially women she said She added that migration was an increasingly important policy issue as economic hardship and geo political crises were leading to lack of decent work resulting to growing diverse migratory movements Phala however said ILO had been supporting Nigeria with the legislation at the national level and in the revision of the Nation Policy on Labour Migration According to her this policy provides the framework on how to manage labour migration We are also working to strengthen the capacity of the migrant s resource centres this is in order to provide advice and support the potential detainee migrants We are promoting fair recruitment practices protecting migrant workers rights and also advancing labour migrants data and statistics basically it is trying to make available information that will empower the detainees It also empowers us to see the opportunities for them to advance their economic situation in the country Phala said www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ILO pledges continued support for Labour  Migrant Governance in Nigeria 
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    ILO pledges continued support for Labour  Migrant Governance in Nigeria 

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says it will continue to support Nigeria in strengthening  Labour Migration Governance in the country.

    The ILO Country Director to Nigeria, Vanessa Phala, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Phala said the ILO was collaborating with the Ministry of Labour and Employment and other social partners in improving Labour migration governance for the protection and promotion of rights of migrant workers.

    She said that currently the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers had risen to 169 million that constituted nearly five per cent of the global labour market.

    According to Phala, “there is a lot of work that we are doing with our social partners; this is in terms of providing service to potential detainee migrant workers.

    “Our collaboration is mainly in improving overall Labour Migration Policy that will be beneficial to migrant workers.

    “In this regard, ILO recognises the legitimate human and labour right only when it is done within the confines of established laws and procedures and works also in consonance with the International Labour Standards.

    “This is in order to protect and to promote the rights of all migrant workers, especially women”, she said.

    She added that migration was  an increasingly important policy issue as economic hardship and geo-political crises were leading to lack of decent work, resulting  to growing diverse migratory movements.

    Phala, however, said ILO had been supporting Nigeria  with the legislation at the national level and in the revision of the Nation Policy on Labour Migration.

    According to her, this policy provides the framework on how to manage labour migration.

    “We are also working to strengthen the capacity of the migrant’s resource centres, this is in order to provide advice and support the potential detainee migrants.

    “We are promoting fair recruitment practices, protecting migrant workers rights and also advancing labour migrants’ data and statistics; basically, it is trying to make available information that will empower the detainees.

    “It also empowers us to see the opportunities for them, to advance their economic situation in the country,’’ Phala said. (www.nanews.ng)

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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