Kalu meets Qingdao delegation, urges compliance with Nigerian labour laws

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, has called on offshore companies and foreign investors to adhere to Nigerian labour laws, aligning with international best practices.

This appeal was made during a courtesy visit from a delegation of the Qingdao Municipal Council, China, led by Mr. Wang Luming, Chairman of the Standing Committee of Qingdao Municipal People’s Congress.

During the meeting, Kalu highlighted Qingdao’s reputation as a powerhouse in shipbuilding and construction, and praised the long-standing diplomatic ties between Nigeria and China.

He emphasized the collaborative efforts of both countries on matters of mutual interest and reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to fostering a business-friendly environment through legislative support.

“The House of Representatives is eager to engage in meaningful discussions with the Qingdao Municipal People’s Congress. By working together, we can unlock a future of mutual benefit, strengthen partnerships in economic sectors, and facilitate opportunities for Qingdao enterprises in Nigeria,” Kalu said.

Kalu further pointed out the potential for cooperation in infrastructure development, manufacturing, and economic growth.

“Imagine factories humming in Nigeria, producing top-notch home appliances, reliable tires, and delectable processed foods, or even becoming export hubs to the rest of Africa,” he envisioned.

Expressing gratitude to the Ndigboamaka Progressives Market Association for facilitating the meeting, he assured the delegation of the House’s commitment to providing a conducive legislative environment.

He also stressed the importance of compliance with Nigerian labour laws, noting that some foreign companies have not been adhering to these regulations.

“While welcoming you and appreciating the value you bring to the country, you must be conscious of global best practices in line with our labour laws.

“As more companies come to Nigeria, we are strict with compliance with our laws,” Kalu stated.

In his remarks, Mr. Wang Luming expressed the delegation’s interest in collaborating with Nigeria in technology, vocational education, and talent training to address unemployment.

“We aim to synergize with the Nigerian government to create opportunities and solve the problem of unemployment,” he said.

The meeting concluded with both parties expressing a commitment to deepening bilateral relations and exploring further opportunities for collaboration in various sectors.

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