An engagement framework is being developed by stakeholders in the field of international labor recruitment to support equitable international labor recruitment.
Director of the ILO’s Country Office for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Liaison Office for ECOWAS, Vanessa Phala, praised the Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria (HuCaPAN) for serving as the event’s umbrella organization and noted that the framework is merely an internal tactic meant to encourage member participation during international recruitment, enhancing the government of Nigeria’s well-established guidelines and protocols.
Speaking yesterday in Keffi, Nasarawa state, at a five-day enlightenment program for Private Employment Agencies (PEAs) and other stakeholders, Phala emphasized the need to ensure broad stakeholder participation in the national discourse, including with ILO constituents in the development and implementation of contemporary strategies to address identified challenges, given the changing nature of the workplace and the growing need for stakeholder engagement in addressing the accompanying challenges.
In addition, the ILO recognized the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment’s leadership in the nation’s ratification of the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181) and expressed its willingness to continue working toward the convention’s successful implementation. Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, Director-General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), stated that placement, selection, and recruitment are crucial steps in the human resources management cycle.
“To put an organization on the right footing, everything should be done to avoid recruitment errors,” he stated, emphasizing how important it is to hire the appropriate individuals. It is admirable that the ILO and the Centre for Migration Studies are advising employment agencies on how to carry out this important task. Individuals comprise an organization. An organization will inevitably collapse if its personnel are unfit and unable to learn how to perform their jobs successfully and efficiently.
Even while outsourcing can be very profitable, if it doesn’t promote adherence to global best practices and standards, as noted by Mrs. Juliana Adebambo, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, it can lead to a major mess in the workplace.
The overarching objective of raising the standard of working life is reflected in the recognition of labor rights and standards, and the key to economic development and prosperity is adherence to labor administrative rules and guidelines. The timing of this training and awareness-raising workshop is impeccable as it will fortify the ability of our respected partners to uphold the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for international hiring, the Code of Conduct for Private Employment Agencies, labor administration regulations and guidelines, and other instruments of best practices that will augment productivity, contentment at work, and financial prosperity.
The workshop aims to strengthen Private Employment Agencies’ (PEAs) ability to implement fair recruitment processes based on the new Code of Conduct and the General Principles and Operational Guidelines, according to a speech given earlier by Dr. Olufemi Ogunlowo, President of HuCaPAN.