The President, Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria, Dr Olufemi Ogunlowo, has said that joint monitory will help to curb quackery and unlicensed operators among other approaches.
He said this during its 11th annual general meeting held on in Lagos.
Ogunlowo said, “Given the complexity of our industry and the rate at which unlicensed companies are operating, we want to urge the ministry to reinstate the joint monitoring exercise as requested by our members. The essence of our request for joint monitoring is to ensure that the environment is better regulated and make quackery in the industry unattractive for unlicensed operators.
“As a responsible association, in conjunction with other stakeholders within the tripartite structure, we are strengthening the industry through various national and international legal instruments.”
He said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), had signed documents to ratify the International Labour Convention C181 – Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997(No. 181); Convention 143 – Migrant Workers; and Convention 190 – Violence and Harassment and Eliminating Gender-Based Violence in the workplace.
The relevant ministries, he stated, were currently working on depositing the documents with the International Labour Organisation in Geneva
He said, “The International Labour Organisation has provided support to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, our association, HuCaPAN, and other social partners to review the Code of Conduct for Private Employment Agencies in Nigeria. The document has been validated and will be circulated as soon as printing is completed.
“These documents hopefully would help to check the activities of quacks in the industry and help to galvalnise a larger membership base for HuCaPAN so that all private employment agencies can come together in upholding ethical employment standards and fair recruitment. As an association, we shall continue to be true to our mantra – ‘Anywhere a Nigerian is found working; he or she must have decent work.”
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Daju Kachallom, in his goodwill message, said, “In a bid to ensure efficient and timely processing of applications for recruiter’s licence, we have digitalised the licensing process to make it seamless in line with the ‘ease of doing business’ policy of the present administration.
“With effect from 2023, all applications for recruiters’ licence along with supporting documents will be submitted electronically and all processes including issuance of license concluded within two weeks.”