ILO, a dependable partner of Nigerian govt —Alo

THE Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. William Alo, has said that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is a dependable partner of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Alo stated this when the ILO Country Director, Dr. Dennis Zulu and his team in, paid him a courtesy visit at the Ministry in Abuja.

He said: “The ILO and the Ministry have had a long, robust and smooth relationship spanning a period of 60 years. The Ministry has benefitted from the relationship in many ways and that has made the country maintain her pride of place in the Comity of Nations on Labour issues. This has also gained the country the position of a member of the Governing Board of ILO, which is a testimony that Nigeria has paid its dues in respect of Labour issues.”

Speaking further, the Permanent Secretary said Nigeria, as a pathfinder, has introduced innovations to decent work environment and maintained a harmonious relationship with its workers through responsive legislations in line with global best practices.

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According to him, “we preach peace as well as good relationship to our workers which are key to increased productivity as no economy succeeds without enabling and peaceful environment for its employees”.

He then solicited the continued support and cooperation of ILO in the provision of decent work for Nigerians, and congratulated it on the forthcoming Centenary celebration of its existence and 60th anniversary of ILO in Nigeria.

In his remarks, the ILO Country Director, Dr. Dennis Zulu, said that the essence of his visit was to familiarise himself with the newly-posted Permanent Secretary and to intimate him of the existing programmes of ILO in collaboration with the Ministry.

He acknowledged that Nigeria is currently facing the challenge of unemployment, like other countries, and assured that ILO remained committed to supporting the Ministry in implementing the National Employment Policy aimed at reducing the number of unemployed youths in the country.

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