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Declare state of emergency on unemployment, HAPSSSA tells government

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unemploymentHotel and Personal Services Senior Staff Association (HAPSSSA) has called on the federal government to declare state of emergence on the unemployment rate in the country.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) signed by its National President, Adeyemi Ademola, the council urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on the precarious unemployment prevalence in the country and device means of addressing it urgently.

“The agricultural sector of the economy should be encouraged and developed in order to create more jobs for the young ones and save the future.

“The economy should be developed industrially to reduce the over dependence on imported goods and save the country as a dumping site. Five hundred thousand (500,000) teachers should be employed by the Federal Government as promised few months ago without further delay”, the communique stated.

The National Executives Council in session also condemned in totality the wanton killings of innocent souls by Boko Haram sect, the Fulani Herdsmen, Political motivated Killings, Armed Robbery, Raping and Kidnapping. They advised that peace should be allowed to reign, while calling on the security agencies to be more sensitive to the security situation in the country.

It decried the recent destruction of oil and gas pipelines, bombings and vandalism, while urging the aggrieved party to eschew violence and embrace dialogue and desist from plunging the country into more economic hardship.

The council received the news of the two rescued Chibok girls with joy, saying, there are rays of hope at last. It described the efforts of the Nigeria Army and other security agencies as appreciable, and therefore implored them not to relent in their efforts of uprooting the insurgents completely and to also strife to safe all the girls that were abducted and forced into marriage while in captivity.

“The recent anti – corruption war by the Federal Government has really opened cans of warms and the level at which the country treasury has been looted.

“National Executive Council demands that the searchlight be beamed on the States and Local Government Councils across the nation as there are some black cows there as well, that needs to be brought in to book”.

On the state of infrastructure, the council noted that all the basic infrastructural facilities have decayed beyond expectations due to lack of maintenance. Roads, hospitals, schools, libraries, are all in dilapidated conditions.

“In order to reverse this trend government functionaries should be barred from going abroad for medical treatments and checkups, while all their children studying abroad should be brought back home, then concerted efforts should be geared towards the renovations of the infrastructures. Public schools are not well equipped and the private ones are beyond the reach of the common man.

“In conclusion, National Executive Council in session called on the Federal Government States and Local Councils to be alive to their responsibilities to the citizenry, noting that every home now performs the roles of the government in the provision of water, through wells or boreholes, provision of electricity through generators or solar and the provision of securities in their homes and communities.

“The government is advised to always consult the relevant stakeholders in the society before taking decisive actions that can trigger the anger of the masses as recently demonstrated in a counter reaction to the increment in electricity tariff, removal of fuel subsidy and fixing of fuel prices.

“The National Executive Council took critical look basically on two major aspects while in session – Hospitality Industry and the State of Nation.

The impact of the government is hardly felt in our sector, the continuous neglect of Hospitality Industry and Association by the relevant agencies and Tourism board. The board should involve our Association in some of its activities and function as a relevant stakeholder.

“The Federal Government should as a matter of urgency, set up a commission, inclusive of relevant stake – holders, saddled with the responsibilities of classifying hotels within the country, as hotel owners constantly rates themselves higher than their standard and ending up disappointing tourists.

The council in session called on the Minister of Labour and Employment to address the springing up of unregistered and unrecognized unions/associations with the ministry that are performing the functions of labour centres, notably is the Hotel owners Association in Abuja, Ogun and Edo States whose tenets is to refuse their work forces from exercising their rights as entrenched in the constitution – freedom of association.

“The influx of so called expatriates in the hotel and catering business is at alarming rate. Surprisingly foreigners are becoming human resources manager/director in Nigeria. This development should not be tolerated as it persists even with the notification of relevant agencies.

The council seized the opportunity to implore management in the industries to comply with the provisions of the law by remitting necessary taxes and pensions in order to avoid embarrassment from government regulatory agencies. The case where business activities are disrupted or the establishment closed down for these reasons are degrading.


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