Nigeria Begins Survey To Profile Migrant Workers

Oil companiesNigeria has flagged off a data survey campaign to profile migrant workers to ensure compliance with expatriate quota policy.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige told reporters on Monday that the expatriate quota policy specifies the type of job a foreigner was allowed to do.

The campaign is carried out by the Ministry of Labour in partnership with the International Centre for Migrant Development.

It is also expected to help Nigerians working abroad get fair treatment in line with the International Labour Organisation standards.

Minister To Pass Water Bill To National Assembly

National Water BillThe Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamau, says he will forward a new National Water Bill to the National Assembly to enable the ministry perform optimally.

According to him, the ministry would embark on reforms including a new water bill to help the ministry deliver on its mandate of providing clean water to citizens.

Mr Adamau made the statement on Tuesday at the 2016 World Water Day celebration in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that the reforms would not only strengthen the capacity of the ministry but would also create employment opportunities for citizens.

In their remarks at the event, the representatives of the United Nations, Simon Grego, and that of the International Labour Organisation, Dennis Zulu, highlighted the effects of water scarcity on people and how it affects their productivity.

They expressed optimism that some of the challenges currently facing the country could be reduced if existing river basins and dams were properly managed by the ministry.

Nigeria may need more than just a law reform to increase access to quality water for both domestic and agricultural usage.

Despite the importance of water to the productivity of workforce, reports indicate that the scarcity of water continue to hit some parts of the nation.

FG vs. ASUU: Presidency Presents Evidence Of Payment

The Presidency has produced evidence of payment of 200 billion Naira for universities infrastructure revitalisation.

At a media briefing in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to the President On Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, presented a letter from the Central Bank of Nigeria, confirming that a sum of 200 billion Naira, agreed with the Academic Staff Union Of Universities at a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan on November 4, 2013, has been fully paid into a Revitalization of Universities Infrastructure account.

In the letter, signed by the Deputy Governor of the CBN, Mr Tunde Lemo and addressed to the Accountant General of the Federation, the apex bank confirmed that the total sum was paid in three tranches of 129.3 billion Naira, 20.7 billion Naira and 50 billion Naira, into the account as directed.

The presidential aide added that “the Federal Government does not intend to victimize anyone who participates in a legitimate strike action in view of the fact that Nigeria is a signatory to the International Labour Organisation convention which guarantees workers’ rights to strikes convened in line with due processes.”

The impasse between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities reached a crescendo in the past week with ASUU  expressing lack of confidence in the government in keeping the agreements it reached with the Presidency on its issues and had requested for evidences of the Government’s financial commitment to the ASUU course.

In a statement by the ASUU President, Dr Nasir Issa-Fagge, while appearing on Channels Television on Tuesday, December 3, the union stated that once the bank account opening was done and the committee that would disburse the funds start working, “our members will have no reason not to suspend the strike” insisting that the “most important part of this thing at this point is that let there be documentation”.

He said the union insisted on documentation to ensure that it would not embark on another industrial action, as a result of the government not meeting the requirement, particularly the promises by the President.

“Why won’t government make available this money so that we know the money is there and the universities commence drawing from this money to address the problem of decay in infrastructure, teaching and research facilities? When that is done, our members will suspend the strike,” he promised.

The Presidency is expected to maintain its earlier stance that “from the government’s perspective, everything that needs to be done has been done and whether the strike would be called off or not now lies in the hands of the leadership of ASUU”.