Labour ministry reviews contract staffing, outsourcing in oil sector

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has began the issue of review of contract staffing and outsourcing in the oil and gas industry, this is a follow up to the recently concluded review of labour bills which held at the Eko hotel and suites, Lagos.

In another tripartite encounter with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo SAN FCIArb hosted a select-few allies in the oil and gas sector on the review of guidelines on labour administration issues in contract staffing and outsourcing.

The meeting which held shortly after the reviews of the national labour bills in Lagos saw different associates in the oil and gas sector making presentations on issues affecting contract staffing and outsourcing and the urgent need to address these issues.

At the technical working group meeting, stakeholders in the oil and gas such as the Labour and Service Contractors, NUPENG, PENGASSAN, NAPIMS, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Federal Ministry of Interior, OPTS to mention but a few were given opportunity to deliver papers on the challenges facing the sector.

Addressing the gathering, the Labour Minister, Keyamo, after listening to their plights proposed another retreat to enable a technical committee take a holistic look at these issues bordering on contract staffing in the oil and gas with a view to finding a lasting solution.

“The time is now to also look into these critical issues of contract staffing and outsourcing in the oil and gas sector, just like we’ve just done in the labour law review which shall soon be forwarded to the National Assembly for approval, there are so many options we can employ but the most important thing is to start as soon as possible, I’ve actually taken this as a challenge and task, now that am in charge of the Labour Ministry, the Minister told the gathering which had the President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, PENGASSAN President, Ndukaku Michael Ohaeri, Comptroller of Immigration (Visa), Kolawole Amao, ILO representative among others in attendance.

At the end of the deliberations, a 3-day retreat was unanimously agreed, tentatively between March 29th-April 2nd, 2020 at Eko hotel, Lagos to enable stakeholders meet on the review of issues affecting the oil and gas sector.

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