18 November 2012

Nigeria: A'ibom Mulls Law on Employment Quota for Indigenes

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is considering a law that will force employers of labour in the state to reserve varying percentage of employment spots to indigenes of the state.

Revealing this in Lagos at a parley with journalists, chairman of the House Committee on Sports, Youths and Security, Hon. Victor Udofia, said he was confident that his colleagues in the state legislature would give an accelerated hearing and passage to the bill.

Known as the Akwa Ibom Youth Employment Creation Bill, it seeks to domesticate certain aspects of the Local Content Act and seeks to guarantee 80 percent employment from companies operating in the state for unskilled and semi-skilled indigenes.

In the professional and specialised category, the bill wants the companies to set-aside 50 percent of their employment quota for Akwa Ibomites. Furthermore, Udofia said, "where the state may be lacking in specialised personnel, we will make it compulsory for them to train our people within a specified period of time to acquire such skill and knowledge."

The House Committee chairman who represented the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Samuel Ikon, was in Lagos to announce plans for the hosting of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Akwa Ibom State between November 25 and 30. He said he was particularly happy that the state was given the honour to host the event for the first time in Africa.

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