House of Representatives Bans Recruitment Fees in Public and Private Sector

House of Representatives Bans Recruitment Fees in Public and Private Sector

Nigeria’s House of Representatives has adopted a report that makes it illegal for recruiters from both the public and private sector to charge job applicants fees of any kind. Read the report as released by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the House Leader next…

The House today (Wednesday) approved the Report of the Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity on the Extortion of Employment Seekers by Government Agencies and Recruitment Firms (HR. 52/2015) and made the following pronouncement:

(i) that Ministries, Departments and Agencies and private organizations found culpable of this crime should be made to face the full wrath of the Law to serve as a strong deterrent to others who might want to continue with the trend;

(ii) that the directive by the relevant authorities that Organizations with high financial responsibilities involved in their recruitment exercises should have such cost built into their budget proposals should be enforced in its totality;

(iii) that such exploitation, especially for those who do not eventually secure the employment should therefore be treated as a case of financial crime and advance fee fraud;

(iiii) that Government Agencies with the mandate of overseeing recruitment exercises like the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Federal Civil Service Commission and the National Directorate of Employment (N.D.E) should be alive to their responsibilities of protecting the interests of job seekers;

(v) that on no account should job seekers be compelled to deposit any sum of money into or buy scratchcards to enable them access web portals, fill on-line application forms or submit same;

(vi) that all recruitment processes, including the publication of the names of successful candidates to the issuance of appointment letters should be conducted within three month from the date of the interview;

(vii) that the Federal Government should urgently provide a regulatory framework in line with International best practices for employment and recruitment Agencies, whether in the public or private sectors of the economy;

(viii) that effective regulation, licensing, supervision, moderation and registration of recruiting agencies should constitute a major part of any regulatory system so established in order to check impunity in the Industry and the growing incidents of exploitation of employment seekers;

(ix) that to make up for the proposed stoppage of the use of private consultants in the Public Service, the Human Resources Departments of all relevant Government Agencies should be strengthened and have their capacities enhanced;

(x) that the Federal Character Commission’s role should be expanded to include the role of equal-opportunities facilitator in order to ensure equal opportunities and protection against discrimination in recruitment and employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, age.

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