Wednesday, 6 June 2012


It was a huge surprise to the nation when President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, during Democracy Day celebrations announced that about 350,000 additional jobs had been created in the minerals and steel sector, a sector which is struggling to come out of the woods. According to him, about 350, 000 additional jobs were created, arising from the activities of newly registered operators. Jonathan also said: "We increased the number of investors in the mining sector due to the transparent manner in which titles are now issued on a first come-first served and use it or lose it basis. This announcement was taken with a pinch of salt as not many believed in the sector's potential to create such job opportunities, in spite of the minister's constant assurance that the sector has the capacity to create employment and ensure greater revenue for the nation, and so the questions on the lips of many remains, how, when, where and what statistics were used to gauge the 350,000 jobs said to have been created. These questions were brought to the fore when the House Committee on Solid Minerals led by its chairman, Hassan Isa Mohammed, paid a working visit to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Musa Mohammed Sada, to find out how the ministry came about employing 350,000 in the sector.

Sada said the 350,000 employments were from registered cooperative groups, with some involved in quarry and gemstone mining. He added that because these operatives were licenced, there was an accurate figure of those benefiting from the available job opportunities especially in the chalk making cottage industries in several communities now. He said these registered cooperatives were what informed the cottage industries' programme of one programme in each local government , adding that quite a number of states had started implementing the programme including Kogi, Osun and Rivers States among others. These cooperatives were further encouraged and sponsored by the Sustainable Management Minerals Resource Project (SMMRP)with the 10 million US dollars allocated for the development of Artisanal and Small-scale Miners (ASMs) Cooperatives.

The chairman, Isa Mohammed, in his response assured that the sector had the capacity to get over five times what the oil sector was getting if its resources were properly harnessed. President Jonathan,also said: "We have initiated a programme to support private steel production outfits. This has resulted in an increase in production figures for steel and other metals to over one million tonnes, this will also be another platform for job creation both in the sector and abroad.

Culled from The Nigerian leadership Newspaper

Hmmm. so what do you guys think? especially our readers with a background in solid minerals, do you find that there really could be job opportunities within this sector?


Director General of the National Pension Commission (PenCom), Muhammed Kabir Ahmad, has made a case for the protection of migrant workers in the ECOWAS sub-region through the provision of retirement benefits for them. He said this yesterday at the opening of a three-day meeting of the migrant workers working group of the Internationa Social Security Association (ISSA) West Africa chapter. He said the meeting was a representation of various sections of security organizations in ECOWAS with a view to having a closer look at the plight of migrant workers in the sub-region. He said, "as part of the ECOWAS protocols, citizens in member countries can work in different parts of the region. That is why we feel the need to sit down and discuss within the context of ISSA and International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention as to how to protect migrant workers' retirement benefits."
Ahmad said the beauty of the contributory pension scheme introduced by Nigeria in 2004 is the retirement benefits that are paid into beneficiaries' savings account and could be moved to any part of the country. He added that there was already in existence, regulations that cover migrant workers, saying, "we thought we can share this with other existing members of ECOWAS countries."

The PenCom boss further said the initiative was to protect migrant workers such that wherever they worked, they could get their benefits from the start of their work till their final state of residency. For instance, "if he is a Nigerian and worked in Ghana, he should be able to move his benefits to Nigeria," he said. In his opening address, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, represented by the Acting Director, Socio-Security, Nwokedi Ositadinma, said the development of the sub-region cannot be achieved if the well being of the migrant workers from various countries integrated into the community are not secured during their service year.

Culled from the Nigerian Daily Trust Newspaper


NO fewer than 21 million people are presently victims of forced labour globally, International Labour Organisation, ILO, has said. ILO, in a statement, weekend, said these unfortunate victims are trapped in jobs they were either coerced or deceived into, which they cannot leave. According to the statement, the Asia-Pacific region accounts for the largest number of forced labourers in the world with 11.7 million (56 percent) of the global total, followed by Africa at 3.7 million (18 percent) and Latin America, with 1.8 million victims (nine percent). Head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour, Beate Andrees, said methodology had been revised and improved since ILO's initial estimate in 2005 and the numbers were more robust now. He said: "We have come a long way over the last seven years since we first put an estimate on how many people were forced into labour or services across the world. We have also made good progress ensuring most countries now have legislation which criminalises forced labour, human trafficking and slavery-like practices."

The release noted that "three out of every 1,000 people worldwide are in forced labour today. 18.7 million (90 %) are exploited in the private economy by individuals or enterprises. Of these, 4.5 million (22 percent) are victims of forced sexual exploitation and 14.2 million (68 percent) are victims of forced labour exploitation in economic activities, such as agriculture, construction, domestic work or manufacturing."2.2 million (10%) are in state-imposed forms of forced labour, for example in prisons, or in work imposed by the state military or by rebel armed forces. 5.5 million (26 %) are below 18 years."

Culled from The vanguard Newspaper


Good day my fellow bloggers, readers, and comrades. i hope you have had a fabulous week. My apologies for not updating my blog in a little while. Unfortunately, there have been a series of tragic occurrences including bombings, shootouts, discovery of bombs in universities, and sadly the demise of over 170 people due to a plane that crashed in a residential area in Lagos.

It was sobering times and caused a lot of reflection. I truly thank the Lord for giving me the courage to pursue my dreams by way of my consultancy and this blog which i hope will not only enlighten people as regards HR and HCD news, laws, facts, but will also serve as a means for people to not only learn but as well as celebrate the achievements of our nation and ultimately Africa as a whole. This week I hope to not only have lots of articles and news events uploaded for you to read but will also share free events, updates about upcoming entrepreneurs, and social endeavours being created to increase competencies and skills within Nigeria with a focus on the age group of 20 - 35.

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