Nigeria labour policy to curb Mediterranean drownings

Mediterranean migrant deaths spike EMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE National Policy on Labour Migration will help create decent job opportunities and curb the trend of Nigerians illegal immigrants risking death in search of greener pastures overseas.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this as he unveiled  the policy and inaugurated two committees- Technical Working Committee and Social Partner Advisory Committee- for its implementation.

The policy is according to government the first in Africa.

“This (labour flight) is of utmost concern to the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as no responsible government would sit back and watch the depletion of its human resources which is the most critical factor of production and national development,” Ngige said.

Ngige said the risk associated with irregular migration and its impact on Nigeria’s human resources and development necessitated the development of the labour migration policy. Nigerians are among nationals that have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea en-route to Europe. “The risks associated with irregular migration and its impact on the country’s human resources and national development necessitated the development of this coherent policy on labour migration which aims at promoting decent work and respectability of migrant workers.”

He noted the objective of the policy was to promote the good governance of labour migration, protect immigrant workers as well as their welfare and optimize the benefits of labour migration on development.

Ngige further remarked the policy conferred Regular Immigrant Status on persons in their countries of destination.

The policy was developed with technical and financial support of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The Ministry of Labour and Employment, with technical and financial support from ILO, and IOM and funding from the European Development Fund, has equipped job centres in Abuja, Anambra, Bauchi, Delta and Kaduna.

The centres provide the platform for matching demand and supply in the labour market.

ILO Country Director, Dennis Zulu restated the commitment of the ILO to the success of the policy in Nigeria and re-emphasized the importance of  labour Migration policy in the generation of universally acceptable labour practices.

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