Akwa Ibom Assembly Passes Job Creation Bill
…As Speaker Says Bill Will Promote Peace, Check Youth Restiveness
By Mfonobong Ukpong
A bill for a law to create employment opportunities for indigenes of Akwa Ibom State by Corporate Organizations operating in the state, has been passed into law by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
The bill titled: ‘a bill for a law to create and regulate employment opportunities for indigenes of Akwa Ibom State in Corporate Organizations operating in the state and for other matters connected thereto”, was passed, Thursday following the adoption of the report of the House Committee on Labour and Productivity by the House with minor amendments effected.
The bill which is sponsored by the member representing Ikono State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Victor Udofia, seeks to, among others, ensure that Akwa Ibom indigenes with requisite qualifications and needed skills are not discriminated against by Corporate Organizations doing business in the state.
The bill which commences from June 7, specifies the employment and training procedure which will require investors in the state to employ a stipulated percentage of Akwa Ibom youths at various levels of the labour force. It also aims at ensuring that the benefit lAkwa Ibom youths seek to obtain from Foreign Direct Investment including improved technology and managerial skills are integrated into the domestic market and would also ensure that there are linkages between foreign enterprises and the local economy.
Throwing their weight behind the bill, the lawmakers agreed that implementing bill will boost the efforts of the State government to encourage investors to promote a culture of local ownership and participation in all aspects of the State’s productive economic activities.
Reacting, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke who re – echoed the resolve of the 6th Assembly to the advancement of the wellbeing of the citizenry, described the bill as youth friendly. He said the law when accented to by the Governor will position youths of the state to be firsthand beneficiaries of existing and prospective job opportunities in the state. He hailed the lead sponsor of the bill, Victor Udofia, co-sposnors as well as Chairman of the House Committee on Labour and Productivity, Hon. Uduak Ududo and entire members of the House for their legislative dexterity which enabled the bill to scale through third reading and eventual passage.
“Akwa Ibom State job creation and enforcement law does not only reflect our collective support for His Excellency’s job creation ambition. The law will promote a culture of local ownership and participation in all aspects of the State’s productive economic activities. Let me restate for the benefit our constituents that when signed by the Governor, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel, this law will position our youths to be firsthand beneficiaries of existing and prospective job opportunities in our state. It will integrate our youths into domestic market and prepare them for foreign opportunities through training in technologies and managerial skills”.
“The law will promote peace and a sense of local ownership while discouraging youth restiveness especially those often emanating from host communities. This is because there is now a specific quota of youths to be considered for employment into junior and senior staff positions in corporate organizations operating within the state”.
Meanwhile, the House has adjourned plenary to June 19.