Ratification of ILO convention on PEAs, migrant workers underway, says HuCaPan
The Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria (HuCaPan) has said that the ratification of the International Labour Convention (ILO) C181 on Private Employment Agencies (PEAs) and C143 on migrant workers is already in the offing.
Ratification of the documents, HuCaPan said, will improve the industry, through checkmating activities of quacks and helping to galvanise a larger membership base, whereby all PEAs can come together in upholding ethical employment standards.
Immediate past president, HuCaPan, Aderemi Adegboyega, stated this at the association’s 10th yearly general meeting, where a new president, Olufemi Ogunlowo, emerged among other executives.
Adegboyega, who noted that the association, over the years, has been at the forefront of the campaign, said the ratification was coming at the right time when the Nigeria Code of Conduct for Private Employment Agencies is also currently undergoing a review.
While commending ILO for funding the review process and providing the much-needed expertise, he said the group had ensured the development and ratification of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for international recruitment and simplification of recruiters’ licence and its renewal.
He said the association had consistently maintained, operated and promoted standards/ethical practices in recruitment, deployment and management of outsourced personnel among service providers in Nigeria and abroad, especially, through consistent campaigns against casualisation.
In its contribution to the economy, he said the PEAs employ over 3.5 million Nigerians of management and non-management cadres in Nigeria and abroad with about N1.5 trillion yearly spent on salaries and others.
Adegboyega, in his speech, charged the new executives, among other things, to pursue implementation of the ratified ILO conventions 181 on PEAs and 143 on migrant workers; implementation of revised Nigeria Code of Conduct for PEA and the HuCaPAN housekeeping guidelines for member-companies.
The President, Ogunlowo, in his acceptance speech, pledged to position HuCaPAN as the voice of the industry by creating advantages and opportunities for member companies in a way that would protect their businesses.
He pledged to take on new directions through training, resource mobilisation, strengthening relationships with the government and relevant stakeholders, effective implementation of relevant ratified ILO conventions, policies and laws governing the industry.