NLC supports planned regulation of rent in FCT

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

The Nigeria Labour Congress has endorsed the planned bill on monthly house rent in the Federal Capital Territory introduced by the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate, Smart Adeyemi.

The bill, which is titled, ‘Advanced Rent (Residential Apartments, Office Spaces, etc.) Regulation Bill 2022,’ has gone through the first reading at the Senate.

It provides for a maximum of three months advance rent payment in the first instance and subsequent monthly payment for the rest of any tenancy lease in the FCT.

It also makes it an offence for any landlord in the FCT to demand payment of advance rent from tenants.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, in a statement on Thursday, said the bill is also in tandem with the rent regime in most parts of the world, including South Africa and Kenya.

He said, “Nigerian workers welcome this legislative initiative by Senator Smart Adeyemi who is also a comrade as a former President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, an affiliate of the NLC.

“We also recall that the issue of high rents in urban places like Abuja was raised during the recent NLC National Roundtable on Social Protection Cover where Senator Smart Adeyemi represented the Chairman of the Roundtable, HE Senator Ibrahim Shekarau.

“It is heartwarming that Senator Adeyemi took to heart the concerns of Nigerian workers on the asphyxiating trauma occasioned by high rent, hence this bill.”


The labour leader noted that workers were paid on a monthly basis, saying it is callous to expect them to pay on a yearly basis.

He said the crisis of house rent in Abuja is so problematic that it has become the sub-burner for all manner of social misnomers such as official corruption, prostitution, and violent crimes “as most Nigerians are put under the insufferable pressure to make a lot of money to afford a roof over their heads.”

“We hope that the passage of this bill will rescue many Nigerian workers and ordinary people from the rent-siege,” said the statement, titled, ‘The Nigeria Labour Congress throws its full weight behind the bill on monthly house rent in the FCT.’

Meanwhile, the NLC has faulted a statement credited to the Head of the Civil Service, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, that the Academic Staff Union of Universities is not a trade union.

“It is truly sad that such a pan-Nigerian and progressive union composed of some of the very best intellectuals in Nigeria could be easily dismissed as not being a trade union by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. Whatever Dr Yemi-Esan wants to achieve with such a fallacious claim is difficult to discern,” Wabba stated in a statement.