Minister of Labour, Sen. Chris Ngige
Minister of Labour, Sen. Chris Ngige

ABUJA (Ministry of Labour and Employment) – The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment flagged-off a workshop organized for staff of the Ministry on the Development of National Risk Register (NRR) for Nigeria.

In his welcome address, the Director, Special Duties/Projects, Dr M. E. Nwordu, said that the training was aimed at building staff capacity in-house and to enable optimal contribution to the development of the NRR with the labour sector adequately covered and to acquire sufficient knowledge to develop Local Risk Register (LRR) for the Ministry at various level.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, William Nwankwo Alo who was represented by the Director, Human Resources and Management, Mr. Ajobola Ibrahim, in his speech, called for a more comprehensive identification of risks associated with the Labour sector for inclusion in the National Risk Register. He further stated that it is necessary to develop an in-house capacities on the subject for more comprehensive identification of risks associated with the Labour sector.

He further stated that, “Any unidentified risk in this sector would not appear on the Risk Register and would not be taken into cognizance while planning for avoidance of occurrence or reduction of impact on the nation’s economy; the National Risk Register is developed and maintained by countries to serve as information and planning tool on risk identification and management, and Nigeria is adopting the process as a best practice.”

The resource persons from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Ahmed Abba and JohnBosco Ekeocha discussed the guiding principles of the National Risks Assessment which require all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to work together to produce a consistent and coherent assessment of risks that affects Nigeria over the next five years using an agreed process.

The ONSA oversees the National Risks Assessment on behalf of the President and the National Security Council, and organizes a Risks Assessment Working Group (RAWG) made up of representatives from the key MDAs.