November 28, 2022

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Reps transfer to determine fee for spiritual concord, search punishment for non-paying employers


The Home of Representatives has authorized the second studying of a Invoice searching for institution of a Nationwide Spiritual Concord Fee.

The proposed laws, which scaled second studying on Tuesday was collectively sponsored by Speaker of the Home, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and Chairman of the Guidelines and Enterprise Committee, Hon. Hassan Fulata.

The Home has additionally moved to prescribe punishment for employers who withhold salaries and different advantages of their workers, with the second studying of the Workers (Unpaid Wages Prohibition) Invoice, 2019, sponsored by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.

The lawmakers acknowledged that the aims of the Spiritual Concord Fee Invoice have been to supply a statutory framework for the safety of basic human rights of Nigerians because it pertains to issues of spiritual freedom and liberty, stablish a Fee on Spiritual Concord empowered to analyze circumstances of spiritual discrimination, victimisation and harassment in all sides of Nigeria and prosecute offenders.

If established, the physique can be to observe incidents of spiritual extremism, together with hate speech and different actions and utterances supposed to incite violent passions and prosecute offenders, present an early warning system for presidency and regulation enforcement to detect and forestall actions liable to incite spiritual violence and breakdown in regulation and order, and to conduct analysis and advise the federal government and Nationwide Meeting on remedial measures to stop spiritual extremism and the hazards that move
therefrom.

The unpaid wages prohibition Invoice seeks to amongst different issues, make sure the well timed remuneration of workers, whether or not within the public or personal sector, and prohibit the withholding of fee because of workers by employers in
the guise of utilizing identical to cowl the price of worker negligence, as such ought rightly to be coated by insurance coverage.

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Whereas it is usually to make sure required transparency of contract between employers and workers, it is going to prescribe penalties in opposition to employers for violations of the provisions of the Invoice when enacted, present compensation for workers, and enhance the final welfare situations of employment for labour in Nigeria.