Labour Minister inaugurates committee on ILC, urges Nigeria to harness gains of conference

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige addressing members of the newly inaugurated committee on ILC

ABUJA (Labour Ministry’ Report)- Towards ensuring that Nigeria is effectively represented and maximally harness the gains of the 106th International Labour Conference, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has inaugurated the membership of the various committees to articulate the country’s position at the 2017 International Labour Conference in Geneva Switzerland.

Inaugurating the committee on Thursday May 25, 2017, Sen. Ngige said. “The big idea is for us to represent Nigeria well. Nigeria is going to the Conference at a very critical period when our nation is just coming out of recession.”

Speaking further, Ngige emphasised the need for Nigeria to be re-admitted into the Governing Board of the International Labour Organisation ILO while revealing that his Ministry’s ground work and diplomatic shuttle in this regards has yielded positive result as Nigeria candidacy into the ILO Governing Body has been approved by other African Countries.

In his words “We therefore, have to harness all resources as a country, hence my Ministry thought it imperative for Nigeria to get back to the Governing Board of the ILO. We have started the ground work and diplomatic shuttle and am happy to announce to you that we are going to Geneva this time around with Nigeria having been nominated by other African Countries under the auspices of Africa Union Commission for a place in the Governing Board of ILO with all the attendant benefits that accrue to countries that are in the Governing Body. We are going to represent West Africa at the Governing Board meeting. ”

Ngige added that the meeting will be very momentous for Nigeria as a lot of benefits will accrue to Nigeria in terms of technical assistance, human and material resources that will assist the Nation’s drive towards economic recovery.

The inaugurated committees include Committee on the Application of Standards, Committee for Labour Migration, Committee on Employment and Decent Work for the Transition to Peace, Committee for the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and Finance.