The Senate, on Thursday, considered a bill seeking to stop employers in the private and public sectors from engaging employable Nigerian graduates as casual workers.
Source gathered that the Prohibition of Casualisation Bill 2020 was sponsored by Senator Ayo Akinyelure.
While citing the banking industry as a hub of casualisation, Akinyelure said that female marketers are being turned into sexual slaves all in the name of bringing in customers who would deposit large funds into the bank.
He said that the casualisation of Nigerian graduates in the Nigerian labour market had become a subject of great concern.
He said, “Statistics from the Nigeria Labour Congress shows that many workers in the telecommunications, oil and gas sectors are engaged as casual labourers by employers of labours.”
“Other sectors with thousands of casual labourers include mining, steel, banking and insurance.”
“In the banking and insurance industry, for instance, many young graduates particularly females are employed as marketers and given unrealistic customer deposit targets running into millions.”
“They are hired and fired at will when such unrealistic targets are not met. The female among them who are desperate in keeping their jobs turn to harlotry and sex slavery.”
“They move from one office to the other looking for invisible customers who have large funds to enable them meet their targets. It is high time this evil and devilish act is stopped.”
The lawmaker harped on the need to have a legal framework to ensure that casualisation did not exist.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in his remark charged the Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity to strike a balance in the bill to ensure that casual workers in the country were not made victims of layoffs.
Meanwhile, after scaling second reading, the bill was referred to the Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity to report back within 4 weeks