Nigeria advocates for improved cooperation among members of African Regional Labour Centre

Nigeria government has called for improved labour administration through closer cooperation among the member countries of the African Regional Labour Centre (ARLAC), saying that only a conscious targeted effort will equip the countries to face the increasing challenges in the world of work.

According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who said this at the 47th Governing Council meeting of the organization which held virtually, recently; “Nigeria will continue to push for closer cooperation among ARLAC member states as a way to strengthen the administration of labour and enhance the capacity of the administrators for the challenges in the world of work.”

Contained in a press statement signed by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment’s Deputy Director/Head (Press and Public Relations), Charles Akpan, and made available to journalists in Abuja, Ngige went on to state:  “With closer cooperation and peer evaluation, our quest for better-trained labour administrators, with capacity in social and economic roles and equipped with competence to impact on others becomes easier.

“I, therefore, reiterate Nigeria’s position for the comprehensive evaluation of the progress in the implementation of the ARLAC re-engineering process by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to ensure that the centre operates in line with the global best practices.”

The highlight of the meeting included a ministerial symposium termed “Skills Development and Lifelong Learning” which is an adaptation of an earlier series by the ILO in 2020.

The symposium highlights the importance of quality education and training, provision of relevant skills to the young and adults in order to equip them for the future of work where technological innovation like artificial intelligence, demographic and climate change will limit skills with attendant negative consequences on jobs.

The meeting also witnessed the election of the new members of the executive office of ARLAC with Zimbabwe as Chair as well as Ghana, Sudan, Eswatini and Kenya as vice-chairpersons for West, North, South and East Africa regions.

Senator Ngige attended the virtual meeting alongside the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr. Peter Tarfa, Director General of the National Productivity Centre, Dr Kashim Akor.

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