Section 33

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This provision prohibits the employment of workers without proper medical examination and authorisation by a labour officer. Labour officers are tasked with reviewing employment contracts for their conformity with the law, and for ensuring that workers understand and agree to the terms of employment, and have not been recruited through deception or coercion.

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This provision prohibits the employment of workers without proper medical examination and authorisation by a labour officer. Labour officers are tasked with reviewing employment contracts for their conformity with the law, and for ensuring that workers understand and agree to the terms of employment, and have not been recruited through deception or coercion.

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Section 33. Procedural requirements.

(1) no citizen recruited for employment in Nigeria shall be employed until he has-

(a) been medically examined and passed fit to perform the work fro which he has been recruited and

(b) been brought before an authorised labour officer and certified a sproperly and duly recruited in accordance with this Act

(2) an authorised labour officer shall before issuing a certificate under (1)(b) of this section, satisfy himself that the contract conforms a (1) of this Act and that the recruited worker-

(a) undertands and agrees to the terms upon which he is to be employed

(b) has not been subjected to legal pressure or recruited by misrepresentation or mistake

(c) has been recruited in accordance with this Act

(d) is accompanied by such members of his family as he wishes to take with him under this Act

(e) subject to (27)(4) of this Act, is of or above the age of 18 years and

(f) has been medically examined and passed fit to perform the work for which he has been recruited.

Law /Nigeria / Labour Act

The Nigerian Labour Act applies to all workers and to all employers, with the exception of the armed forces, the Police, prison staff and intelligence agencies. The Act was adopted in 1971, replacing the Labour Code Act and consolidating the law relating to labour and employment in Nigeria. The Act specifically prohibits forced or compulsory labour, and makes provision for the rights and entitlements of workers, the terms and conditions of employment including annual leave, maternity and sick leave, recruitment processes, working hours, payment of wages, and health and safety. Under the Act, it has also been made illegal for employers to prevent their employees from joining trade unions.