Section 23 of the Labour Act in Nigeria. Prohibition of recruiting except under permit or licence

(1) Subject to this section and section 48 of this Act, no person or association shall recruit any citizen for employment as a worker in Nigeria or elsewhere except in pursuance of an employer's permit or recruiter's licence.

(2) Where a worker-

(a) is employed by an undertaking for which it is proposed that he should recruit other workers;

(b) is formally commissioned in writing by his employer to recruit other workers for the undertaking;

(c) does not receive any remuneration or other advantage from the recruiting; and

(d) does not make advances of wages to the workers he recruits, the Minister may waive the need for a permit or licence under subsection (1) of this section and issue to the worker certificate to recruit citizens for service as workers in Nigeria, subject to such conditions (which shall be endorsed on the certificate) as the Minister thinks fit.

(3) If any worker to whom a certificate has been issued under subsection (2) of this section is convicted of an offence under section 46 or 47 of this Act, the Minister may forthwith cancel the certificate.

Section 23 of the Labour Act in Nigeria

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