International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Thursday called for effective implementation of the National Employment policy in the bid to address the spate of unemployment in the country.
Sukti Dasgupta, Chief of the Employment and Labour Branch of ILO Geneva who gave the charge during an interactive session with Stephen Ocheni, Minister of Labour and Employment in Abuja, expressed delight over the drafting of the policy.
She observed that Africa needs empowerment and more intervention in the areas of Youth Employment, hence ILO focuses on Nigeria to host the Global Youth Employment Forum.
Dasgupta also congratulate Nigerians on the recent agreement reached with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on the National Minimum Wage which was agreeable to all.
In his remarks, Stephen Ocheni, Minister of State Labour and Employment, reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration toward upholding ILO standards on labour practice, social protection and equal opportunity for all, regardless of their social status.
Ocheni informed the team, that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the National Policy on Employment and expressed government’s readiness to the implementation of the Policy and of course the Global Youth Employment Forum.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria is totally committed to the adherence to ILO’s, ethics on international standards of labour practice, social protection and equal opportunity for all Nigerians either women, men, disable and other components of the society.
“On the issue of the National Policy on Employment, the Federal Executive Council approved the policy document in 2017 and the National Council for the implementation of this document was recently inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige,” he noted.
The Minister of State also expressed with delight Nigeria’s willingness to host the Global Youth Employment Forum by next year, which is also ILO centenary anniversary, adding that security will be provided throughout the global function.