Ogun Assembly Mandates Companies To Give 30% Job Slots To Host Communities - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, June 4, 2020

Ogun Assembly Mandates Companies To Give 30% Job Slots To Host Communities

The Ogun State House of Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution mandating companies operating in the state to allocate at least 30 % of their employment slots to the indigenes of host communities, henceforth.

This is to enhance the Assembly's commitment towards ensuring promotion of local content in the State and increase in indigenes' participation in the state economy.

By the resolution, the Assembly also impresses it on the State Government to compel all companies and corporate organisations situating and operating in the Gateway State, to effect a minimum of thirty percent (30%) local content in all categories of their staff composition in terms of employment (junior, senior and management) amongst others. 
The passage of the resolution followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff and supported by his Ijebu-Ode State Constituency counterpart, Kemi Oduwole at the plenary presided over by Speaker  Kunle Oluomo.

In opening debate on the motion, the Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri, said it has become imperative to ensure that the teeming populace, especially the youth in the state enjoy a reasonable quota in the recruitment process of all industries and corporate organisations sited in the State.

Dare also argues that the resolution seeks to reduce unemployment and social vices.

Corroborating the sponsor’s view, other Honourable members including Sola Adams, Yusuf Adejojo, Yusuf Amosun, Sylvester Abiodun, Solomon Osho and Kemi Oduwole reckoned that the resolution, when implemented will enhance peaceful co-existence between organisations and host communities as well as contribute to the rapid development of the host communities through even spread of job opportunities.

To give added bite to the resolution, Honourables Abdul Bashir Oladunjoye, Ganiyu Oyedeji, Atinuke Bello, Yusuf Sheriff, Haruna Wahab and Adegoke Adeyanju called for the domestication of the National Content Act in the State, pointing out that preference should be given to qualified members of the host communities at the recruitment process.

Finalising on it, Speaker Oluomo says that the implementation of the resolution will be of great advantage for the teeming youth.

He noted that the Assembly will soon put up a legislation to address local content and federal character amongst others in the State.

Meanwhile, the state lawmakers also passed three bills, including the Ogun State Mortgages and Foreclosure Law, 2019, State Health Insurance Scheme (Amendment) Law, 2020 and State Regulations Approval Law, 2020 barely eight days after conveying public hearing to seek inputs from stakeholders into the bills.

The passage of the three bills same Thursday followed the presentations of the Committees' reports by their respective Chairmen including Honorables Damilola Soneye, Adegoke Adeyanju and Modupe Mujota, who thereafter moved the motions for their adoption.
It was seconded by Honourables Wahab Haruna, Atinuke Bello and Abayomi Fasuwa with an affirmative support from all the lawmakers, after which the bills were later read and adopted clause-by-clause by the Committee of the Whole House.

The motion for the third reading of the bills was later moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff, seconded by the Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri, Ganiyu Oyedeji and Sola Adams respectively; while the Ag. Clerk, ‘Deji Adeyemo did the third reading of the bills before the lawmakers

In his response, Oluomo directed that the clean copies of the bills be transmitted to the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

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