The Country Director of ILO, Dennis Zulu, has made the commitment during a just-concluded courtesy visit to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
“ILO will like to partner Nigeria on the drafting of new employment policy. We have attained an advanced stage in the drafting of this policy and we need the contribution of the tripartite partner as well as the Ministry to push it forward,” said Zulu.
He stated his organisation was looking forward to receiving the input of the ministry towards the completion of the Social Protection Policy, which is aimed at providing social protection floor for the vulnerable including retirees thereby making sure that they did not fall back to poverty trap after retirement.
Ngige reiterated the commitment of the current administration to the provision of jobs for the unemployed youths.
He pointed out the ministry’s name was changed to its current title to reflect its pivotal role in the job creation efforts of the Federal Government.
“The activities of the Ministry are also accentuated by this responsibility and we are living up to the task. However the aspect that makes for industrial relations, social protection for the vulnerable and the entire workforce as enshrined in the ILO status and the nation’s constitution will not be abandoned,” said Ngige.
ILO has been in the country since 1959 with Nigeria being the first country to host its office in Africa.
– CAJ News