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Casual Labour

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Casual labour, which is also known as undocumented employment, is a popular type of employment in highly industrialised countries. The Labour Act, specifies different types of temporary jobs and persons to be engaged to perform such jobs and location stipulated as well as duration of the jobs.
Section 74 (3) CAP 198 of the Labour Act specifically restricts causal jobs to a village or town for the purpose of;
1. The construction and maintenance of buildings used for communal purposes, including markets but excluding juju houses and places of worship.
2. Sanitary measure;
3. Construction and maintenance of local roads and paths;
4. The construction and maintenance of towns and village fences;
5. The construction of communal wells and other communal services of similar kind in the direct interest of the inhabitants of the town or village.
Note that none of the jobs described above will take 10 years to be completed, but employers in Nigeria engage casuals for periods ranging from 5 to 10 years in cities like Port Harcourt.
Section 9 (1) of the Labout Act states that not later than three months after the beginning of a workers period of employment with an employee, the employer shall give to the worker a written statement specifying the following;
1.The name of the employer or group of employers and where appropriate, of the undertaking by which the worker is employed.
2.The name and address of the worker and the place and date of his engagement;
3.The nature of the employment;
4. If the contract is for a fixed term, the date the contract will expire;
5. Appropriate period of notice to be given by the party wishing to terminate the contract.
6. The rate of wages and method and calculation thereof and the manner and periodicity of payment of wages.
7. Any term and condition relating to:
i) Homes and work
ii) Holidays and holiday pay, or
iii) Incapacity for work due to sickness or injury, including any provision for sick pay.
8. Any special condition for the contract. Should there be any alteration to any part of these statements, the employer is required by subsection 2 (a-b) of section 7 of the Act to inform the worker in writing.
The law conceded three months for employers to engage people without formalising their relationship, but no part of the Labour Act permits any employer to engage anybody beyond that period without regularising his/her status. From the provisions of the existing Labour Act in Nigeria, casual labour, if it means these categories of workers engaged by employers to work for them without formal engagement notices for periods exceeding three months is illegal. I submit therefore that the practice of casual labour has not been in conformity with the provisions of the Act and no one can defend the legality of what is clearly at variance with the provisions of the law.

 

Nkechi Bright-Ewere

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Buhari Meets PSC Members, Receives 2018 Annual Report …As Police Confirm Death Of ACP Zubairu

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with members of the Police Service Commission at the State House, Abuja.
The Tide reports that the agenda of the meeting between the president and members of the commission included the presentation of the 2018 Annual Report of the police commission.
At the meeting, the president also waded into the reported misunderstanding between the  Office of the Inspector-General of Police and the Police Service Commission over the recruitment of 10,000 personnel.
President Buhari had in 2016 approved the recruitment of 10,000 policemen as part of fresh measures to address the nation’s security challenges including banditry, kidnapping and the farmers/herdsmen clashes across the country.
Meanwhile, the Police Command in Sokoto State has confirmed the sudden death of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sulaiman Zubairu  last Sunday.
The Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Muhammad Sadiq who confirmed the death to newsmen in Sokoto, Monday, said ACP Zabairu was in the state to supervise the screening of candidates for the on-going recruitment into Nigeria Police Force.
“He finished his assignment on Sunday and was planning to depart for Abuja on Monday,’’  he said.
He said the deceased would be buried on Tuesday in Sokoto  and prayed that the soul rest in peace.

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Rivers Police Link Serial Killings To Cultism

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The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr  Mustapha Dandaura, has said that the serial killing of young women in parts of the state in recent times is  cult related.
Dandaura made the disclosure while  briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
He explained that the victims were always rapped with white cloth material around the neck or waist region, which he said signified cult action.
The state Police boss, said that the suspects usually drug their victims before strangulating them to death.
According to him, with- out such action, it would be difficult to kill the victims as the act may attract attention of nearby people.
As a panacea, he said all hotel operators have been ordered to mount a Circuit Cable Television (CCTV) system in their premises.
He explained that the system would help in regulating activities within and around the hotel area.
Another solution, he provided, was compulsory training of all personnel and security staff of hotels which must be carried out by the Police.
Dandaura maintained that forthwith,  all hotel customers would be profiled, with their valid identification cards placed at the reception unit.
“All hotel customers will be profiled. Those with swimming pools will also have expert divers in case of any emergency,” he said.
The Rivers State CP. pointed out that a task force comprising the Police, DSS and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture was also on ground to ensure that the recent serial killing of young women in hotels in the state was not repeated.
“We  now have a task force, no more short-time service in hotels. Every customer must book full time,” he added.
Meanwhile, he said that one of the suspects the command arrested last Monday in Port Harcourt was helping the police with useful information about the activities of other suspects in the state.
The Tide learnt that some women groups in the state like  the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and others have concluded plans to stage protest in the state today.

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Nigeria, UAE Move To Boost Security Agencies’ Capacity

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Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to continue to work collaboratively to build the capacity of security agencies under Nigeria’s Ministry of Interior.
The ministry made this known in a statement by Director of Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, Mr Mohammed Manga, on Monday.
According to the ministry, the  collaboration is part of efforts to strengthen  internal security in Nigeria.
Manga said that the two countries renewed the commitment last Monday in Abuja when the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Fahad Altaffag visited the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola.
Speaking during the visit, Aregbesola noted that strengthening the relationship between the two countries which had existed for years, would further boost the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari- led administration at ensuring the security of lives and property of Nigerians.
“Collaboration on security between the Nigerian Ministry of Interior and the UAE Ministry of Interior will strengthen the government’s capacity to solve internal security challenges in Nigeria,” the minister said.
He assured that Nigeria would continue to collaborate with the UAE in the areas of capacity building, educational development, fire disaster management, intelligence gathering, and border security management.
He observed that the security system of the UAE was never in doubt and as such, Nigeria could learn a lot from the country.
“When we have intellectual and physical capacities, we will not only overcome security challenges, but also neutralise them,” he reiterated.
Earlier, Altaffag said his country had in the past held discussions with Nigeria on ways to work together to solve internal security issues in Nigeria.
He said that his visit was to concretise the existing cooperation between the two countries on security matters with a view to providing the necessary support needed by the Buhari administration to create the environment conducive for foreign investment inflow to revitalise the economy.
The ambassador pledged his country’s support for the Nigerian government in its resolve to ensure the security of lives and property of Nigerinas toward moving the country to the next level of socio-economic development.

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