ABUJA (Ministry of Labour and Employment) The Permanent Secretary, William Alo, stated in Abuja that the Federal Government is committed, to the promotion of decent work environment in line with the provisions of the International Labour Organization (ILO). He stated this while receiving the National Women Commission of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by Comrade Mercy Okezie, on an advocacy visit to the Ministry on the adoption of the ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.
He stated that Nigeria had always eschewed all forms of discrimination and negative attitudes in the work place, had adequate laws forestalling such practices, and had always keyed into the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) provisions.
According to him, “Nigeria is ready, willing and determined to show more commitment to making the work environment conducive for every Nigerian worker”.
“If the work environment is conducive, friendly, accommodating and protective, it brings peace, love and understanding. So, the advocacy is timely because we need to do more”, he added.
He pledged the commitment of Government to supporting the ILO Convention on Stopping Gender-based Violence and Harassment of Women and Men in the World of Work, emphasizing the relationship between an enabling work environment, productivity, and economic growth.
Alo congratulated Nigerian workers and the Nigeria Labour Congress in particular, for their effort in negotiating for the new National Minimum Wage, saying “the Nigerian Government is determined to ensuring that the average Nigerian worker is happy”.
The Permanent Secretary appreciated the NLC as a credible ally to the Ministry on labour issues – all geared towards making the Nigerian workers happy.