The Nigerian Senate has raised concern about how female marketers have been turned into sexual workers, considering a bill seeking to stop employers in the private and public sectors from engaging employable Nigerian graduates as casual workers.
The Prohibition of Casualisation Bill 2020 was sponsored by Senator Ayo Akinyelure, a former banker and the lawmaker representing Ondo Central constituency.
According to him, the casualisation of Nigerian graduates in the Nigerian labour market had become a subject of great concern and more workers continue to groan under the immoral strategy of cutting cost by employers which renders them inferior to their counterpart in other countries of the world.
Citing the banking industry as a hub for casualisation, Akinyelure blamed banks for turning female marketers into harlots and sexual slaves in a desperate attempt by them to keep their jobs and meet unrealistic deposit targets. “In the banking and insurance industry, for instance, many young graduates particularly females are employed as marketers and given unrealistic customer deposit targets running into millions. They are hired and fired at will when such unrealistic targets are not met. The female among them who are desperate in keeping their jobs turn to harlotry and sex slavery. They, move from one office to the other looking for invisible customers who have large funds to enable them meet their targets. This devilish act must stop”, he said. Read also: Amidst Insecurity Wahala, Senate To Regulate Bleaching Creams, Cosmetics
Supporting him, Senator Biodun Olujimi representing the representing Ekiti South constituency lamented how the marketers would not even be promoted despite their toiling. “Our girls have been turned into what we cannot imagine. Most of them have been asked to look for funds, and when they come to us, I always tell them, I do not even have the funds to eat; how can I have funds to keep with you in the bank? They will never be promoted if they don’t bring in such funds, and this is a banking industry that is privately owned, yes, but has made so much profit, and from the profit they could at least take the few that they can manage properly, rather than take a lot that they will be giving pittance”, she said.Looking at some of the consequences the bill can, however, bring, Senator Sani Musa representing Niger East Senatorial District said, “I think we need to be careful with this Bill. There is no way you can operate in the aviation industry without casualization. So I think we should seriously look into this bill before we go ahead”. Read also: Declare A State of Emergency On Insecurity – Senate Tells Buhari
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in his remark charged the Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity to strike a balance in the Prohibition of Casualisation Bill to ensure that casual workers in the country were not laid off from their jobs.