OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora has queried various abuses in the issuance of licences to employment agencies and called on the Department of State Security (DSS) to profile all beneficiaries without compromise.
The Committee also decried the menace of human trafficking and illegal international recruitment that fuel the unprecedented dehumanization of Nigerian nationals abroad with particular reference to the recurring abuses in the Middle East, including Lebanon.
The following points were made on Wednesday as the Committee led by Tolulope Akande-Sadipe (Oyo, PDP) engaged the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and Federal Ministries of Justice, and that of Labour, Employment and Productivity on the rising dehumanization of Nigerians abroad with focus on Temitope Ariwolo’ who has been held back in Lebanon illegally.
According to the chairman of the Committee, “Temitope alleged that she suffered abuse and sexual harassment from the husband of her employer, Mahmoud Zahran and his wife, Feyzeh Diab.”
The chairperson said the claim of murder by the Lebanese authorities against Temitope after she allegedly exposed her abuses on social media calls to question the claims by the Lebanese Labour Ministry.
Meanwhile, the committee discovered that only 14 out of the 21 recruitment agencies stated as licensed, were registered with the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).
The Committee accordingly directed the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity to furnish it with the details of all companies licensed as recuitment agencies including their certificate of incorporation as well as the list of their directors.