ASSBIFI, NUPENG call for SDG financing
President of the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and other Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), Oyinkan Olasanoye, has said the financing of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains the best framework to achieve resilient development.
This call came just as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) canvassed for decent employment regulations, adequate pension schemes, and occupational security compliance.
Speaking at the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) recently, Olasanoye said decent work for all workers must be the foundation for recovery plans for nations.
To enhance quick economic recovery, she said, Nigeria must build a social contract involving the tripartite committee (workers, employers, and government) on how best to withstand the aftermath of the pandemic using the contract as a foundation.
To achieve this, Olasanoye called for sustainable employment opportunities, sustained fundamental principles, rights to work, occupational safety, and social protection among others.
She maintained that attaining the New Social Contract for Recovery and Resilience in line with the dictates of post- COVID-19, employers in the financial sector must adopt new rules to remain relevant.
The rules, according to her, include an alternate workday arrangement to comply with physical distancing protocol, working remotely, virtual meetings and conferences via online platforms.
On his part, President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye, who spoke at the event, said the fall of international oil prices had destabilized the macroeconomic balances, thereby increasing the number of Nigerians living in poverty.
NUPENG also felicitated with workers in the oil and gas industry on the commemoration of the 2020 edition of WDDW, celebrated every October 7.
The president, Williams Akporeha called for economic equality and a world of work that looked after workers and their families through decent employment regulations, adequate pension schemes, and proper occupational security.
The decent work opportunities, Akporeha said, would offer everyone the possibility to grow, learn and develop as an individual.
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