The Chairman, Home of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has referred to as on President Buhari to urgently probe the Ministry of Labour and Employment beneath Chris Ngige’s supervision for aiding human trafficking.
Akande-Sadipe mentioned the federal authorities ought to probe the ministry for illegally issuing intentional recruiters licences which have paved the best way for trafficking of Nigerians.
She identified that Ngige’s ministry has violated the legislation and has continued to problem Worldwide Recruiters Licenses to Brokers, regardless of the Federal Authorities’s 2017 moratorium.
Talking on Monday whereas responding to questions from journalists, the lawmaker mentioned her name was aimed toward placing a cease to the exploitation of Nigerians overseas.
In an announcement to DAILY POST by her spokesman, Olamilekan Olusada, Akande-Sadipe appealed to Buhari to provoke an government investigation into the actions of the Labour and Productiveness ministry.
She lamented that Nigeria has no Bilateral Labour Settlement with any nation and the execution of the Standing Working Process (SOP) has been lingering.
She mentioned, “Federal Authorities positioned a moratorium on the issuance of Worldwide Recruiters License in September 2017 and but the Ministry of Labour and Productiveness as at January 2020 was nonetheless issuing worldwide recruiters licenses”.
She famous that many countries within the Center East and even inside Africa had been violating the rights of our residents beneath the guise of home servitude.
The Oluyole Federal Constituency Consultant mentioned eighty thousand Nigerian women are at present held as intercourse slaves, and compelled labourers in Mali, throughout Center East Nations, with Lebanon, Saudi Arabia UAE and Oman topping the listing.
She added: “The query we should ask is How they received there? we’ve referred to as out Immigration however then once more the Ministry of Labour can also be complicit.
“These brokers gather $1000 plus the primary three to six months salaries of the women and abandon them to their plight within the overseas nations. The trafficked women, sadly, are unaware of the ills they could face overseas and are lured by the brokers as a result of they search a greater life”.
The lawmaker additionally revealed that these brokers misinform the women concerning the jobs ready for them in overseas lands, urging Nigerians to maneuver away from the notion that the women left these shores to prostitute.
She, nevertheless, decried the Minister of Labour and Employment’s refusal to look earlier than the Committee after 4 invites, including that the Ministry additionally refused to submit the requested data.
She added that data submitted earlier by the Ministry of Labour and Productiveness was inconsistent in comparison with the related information of different Federal Authorities Companies, reminiscent of Company Affairs Fee, Nigeria Social Insurance coverage Belief Fund and Federal Inland Income Service.
“As well as, the Ministry has not been complying with laid down insurance policies and procedures for worldwide recruitment. For instance, Brokers’ pre-licensing procedures contravened the necessities of doing enterprise with Federal authorities MDA’s”, she added.
“The Ministry didn’t conduct the necessary pre-departure counselling; had no information of the annual reporting necessities mandated to Brokers, which ought to present data on the whereabouts of every Nigerian recruited, compensation and call particulars”, she disclosed.
She additional said that the Everlasting Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. William Alo and two of his lieutenants lied beneath oath to the Diaspora Committee.
“It’s disheartening that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Everlasting Secretary and people who got here with him gave the Committee false data.
“This problem of human trafficking has reached pandemic ranges and the appeals for assist circulating throughout social media is a humiliation to our nation,” she mentioned.