NEPZA is putting modalities in place to ensure that its policy on allocation of 60 per cent of jobs in free trade zones in the country..
NEPZA to allocate 60% jobs to host communities
From Atiku Sarki, Abuja
The Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) is putting modalities in place to ensure that its policy on allocation of 60 per cent of jobs in free trade zones in the country to host communities is fully implemented.
The Acting Managing Director of NEPZA, Mr. Bitrus Dawuk disclosed this in Abuja while reacting to the recent labour crisis at Ogun-Guandong Free Trade Zone in Igbesa area of the state.
He explained that the industrial dispute between the workers and management of Good Win Ceramic Free Trade Zone Enterprise (FZE) was necessitated by the extension of lockdown by government to curtail the spread of coronavirus pandemic which he said prompted several workers of the enterprise mostly from the North-East demanding for additional payment to stay or vacate the zone.
According to him, the zone management and security agencies pleaded to the workers to stay in order not to expose themselves to COVID-19 pandemic and the financial payment provided for them to carter for their needs but all the appeals he said landed on deaf ears.
He also noted that during the period of crisis that his authority discovered that its policy on 60 per cent recruitment of workers from the catchment area was not fully enforced by the Free Trade Zone Enterprise.
He absorbed that his authority is putting some mechanism in place to redress the situation to ensure that youths within the vicinity and location of any free trade in the country are given 60 per cent of all job slots while 40 per cent would be given to other parts of the country.