By ABAH SUNDAY, Abuja
In promotion of worker-friendly environment practices in Nigeria the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) had previously ranked the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service as top-performing agencies in line with the 2022 Executive Order 001.
Executive Order 001 (EO1), signed on 18 May, 2017 by Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, then Acting President, was the very first executive order of the immediate past administration whose objective is to promote transparency and efficiency in the business environment.
Organisations play a crucial role in achieving the targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 8 which emphasises sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, productive employment, and decent work for all.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) defines decent work as “productive work for women and men in conditions of freedom, equity, security, and human dignity.”
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Focusing on Nigeria, and given that long-term organisational growth can positively impact the nation’s economy and the African region, it is vital to spotlight private indigenous organisations excelling in creating a secure and stable environment for their workers.
According to a ThisDay report, these companies also prioritise transparency, accessibility of information, good governance, cultural values, skill development, labor practices, and economic opportunities for their employees.
As an energy and infrastructure company committed to sustainability, Sahara Group stands out for its secure work environment, run by highly skilled young professionals. Operating across continents with over 5000 unique professionals, Sahara Group embodies stability, transparency, and accessibility, ensuring fair pay and infrastructure that supports decent work.
Founded in 1998 and recently rebranded as Kreston Pedabo, this organization has earned trust locally and internationally. With 10 partners and 150 staff across three locations in Nigeria, the firm specializes in various services, including audit, assurance, tax compliance, advisory, financial advisory, risk management, and management consulting. Kreston Pedabo is recognized for being a trusted, highly professional, and easily accessible company with a commitment to corporate governance, transparency, integrity, infrastructure, and security.
With a young and smart Nigerian workforce, Tingo Group, a global Fintech and Agri-Fintech conglomerate, exemplifies gender equality, good remuneration, safe working conditions, and a futuristic organizational approach. Driven by technology, Tingo Group prioritizes a decent work environment, infrastructure, and various sustainable goals, led by strong corporate governance and a robust organizational culture.
Highlighted as a leading giant in the Nigerian telecommunications industry, MainOne Cable, in alignment with sustainable development goals, emphasizes gender equality and remains a top choice for accessibility, decent work, secure environment, good corporate governance, and transparency.
A leading energy supplier, Seplat Energy has been instrumental in driving Nigeria’s energy transition. Listed on both the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE), Seplat Energy has consistently demonstrated excellence in access, corporate governance, infrastructure, decent work environment, transparency, and sustainability, earning the ‘Excellence in Energy Leadership Company of the Year 2023’ award.
These five Nigerian companies not only contribute to the nation’s economic growth but also prioritise the well-being and development of their workforce, embodying the principles of decent work as defined by the ILO and contributing to the realisation of the UN SDGs.