A new labour agreement granting substantial rises in wages and improved living conditions to Nigerian workers living in neighbouring Equatorial Guinea was signed in Lagos on Thursday (30 December).
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Background: A new labour agreement granting substantial rises in wages and improved living conditions to Nigerian workers living in neighbouring Equatorial Guinea was signed in Lagos on Thursday (30 December).
The agreement--the first between the two countries--was signed at an impressive ceremony attended by representatives of the Federal Military Government and a visiting ministerial delegation from Guinea. Chief Anthony Enahoro led the Nigerian delegation while the Guinean Minister of Labour, Senor Roman Borico Toichoa, signed an behalf of his Government.
SYNOPSIS: In Lagos on Thursday Nigerian Government representatives signed a new labour agreement--the first between the two countries--overtakes the old understandings formed during the colonial days. Primarily, the agreement is to grant substantial rises in "ages and better living conditions for Nigerians working in Guinea. A special joint committee was also set up to investigate possible future breaches of the new labour regulations.
Nigeria's Federal Commissioner for Information and Labour, Chief Anthony Enahoro, told officials and newsmen that the agreement would raise the existing basic wage from just over four pounds to eight a month and that new provisions would be made for better feed, annual leave and overtime.
Equatorial Guinea's Minister of Labour, Sensor Roman Borico Toichoa, assured the Nigerian Government that the conditions of the agreement would be strictly complied with and expressed his hope that existing ties between the two countries would be further strengthened.
Other articles in the new agreement called for the introduction of an expatriation allowance of 15 pounds a year and more regulated hours of work. The minimum contracting age is also to be raised to 21, and there is to be more protection for the workers. The two sides also came to terms on compensation for injuries or death.
Under the new terms, a Nigerian worker sentenced to a term of imprisonment in Equatorial Guinea for an offence which is not recognised under Nigerian law will not serve the sentence, but will be immediately repatriated to Nigeria at his own expense.