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Respect provisions of ILO convention, NECA tells govts



International Labour Organisation (ILO)

The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has urged government at all levels to respect the provisions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 087 to maintain peaceful industrial harmony in the country.

The Director-General, Mr Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, made the call in a letter to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Simon Lalong, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday.

Oyerinde said that the letter was neceseitated by the trend of recent events in the industry.

He said that the trend portended danger for the country’s industrial relations system and could adversely affect its position in the international labour community.

According to him, some state governments are interfering with the running of the unions.

“As a respectable nation in the ILO, with Nigeria being the current chairman of the ILO Governing Body, it is worrisome that government, both at the Federal and State levels will violate the provisions of Convention 087 of the ILO.

“It guarantees the freedom of association and protection of the rights to organise for workers and employers; this is equally guaranteed and enshrined in our laws: section 40 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

“Your Excellency, we count on your experience and goodwill to address this anomaly that could plunge the nation into ridicule at the international community, cause disruption in our industrial relations practice, among others, “ he said.

The director general, in the letter, said it was no longer news that a social partner and another constituent of the ILO, Nigeria Labour Congress continued to face different onslaughts by some state governments and their agents.

He said: “May we affirm, most respectably, that the articles of convention 087, especially articles 1, 2, 3 and 4 among others, explicitly guarantees the rights of workers and employers to exercise these rights without interference from government.

“This position was also strongly affirmed at the last National Labour Advisory Council meeting held from July 12 to 14, 2023 at Uyo, Akwa Ibom.”


NEDC distributes palliatives to people with disability in Borno



The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has commenced distribution of palliatives to people living with disability in Borno.

During the exercise on Saturday in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, the Managing Director of the commission, Mr Mohammed Alkali, said the gesture was in line with the commission’s mandate.

Alkali, who was represented by the NEDC Coordinator for Borno, Mr Mohammed Umaru, said the exercise started with the people with disability in Maiduguri metropolitant and would be extended to their members in the 26 LGAs of the state.

“What we are doing here today will also be done in remaining 26 LGAs of Borno.

“It has also commenced or has been done in other north east states as part of measures to ensure that everyone is given a sense of belonging in line with the NEDC mandate.”

Responding, the Chairman of people living with disability in Borno, Mallam Mohammed Abubakar, thanked the commission for the gesture and assured of the leadership’s commitment to ensure fairness in sharing the 50 bags of rice and 50 cartons of spaghetti to its members in the metropolis.

Abubakar urged other organisations to emulate the gesture by the commission in reaching out to vulnerable groups in their support to victims of insurgency at this critical period.

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Customs boss charges 81 cadets on integrity, professionalism in conduct



The acting Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, has charged the Basic Course I/2023 Cadets to uphold the highest level of integrity and professionalism while discharging their lawful duties.

The Ag. CGC delivered this charge in statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adeniyi congratulated the cadets on their successful completion of training and welcomed them into the service.

He expressed the hope for a better service, equip them with knowledge and skills, and urged them to make a meaningful difference in the nation.

“You should attach importance to discipline, good conduct, and the highest level of integrity in your actions, and you should represent excellence in the Nigeria Customs Service.

“There is significant enhancement to the service’s training and development framework, and officers within the superintendent cadre, starting from those graduating today will undergo a mandatory refresher course every five years,” he said.

The Training College Commandant, Deputy-Comptroller Haniel Hadisson, advised the cadets to maintain the high standard of discipline they experienced during their compulsory six-month training while executing their duties.

He expressed gratitude for the support provided by the Acting Comptroller-General and his team.

As a reward for excellence, awards were presented to outstanding cadets who had distinguished themselves through dedication and hard work.

In total, 81 Cadets successfully completed their training and passed out of the Training College after six months of rigorous preparation.

The event was attended by the Deputy Gov. of Gombe State, Manasseh Jatau, a retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, senior officers of the service, and representatives of sister agencies, among others.

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