By Funmi Komolafe in Geneva
GENEVAâ€”Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince AdetokunboÂ Kayode, has called on the international community to findÂ a political solutionÂ to the current global economic problems.
Kayode,who spoke at a meeting of Ministers of Labour of theÂ Non-Aligned MovementÂ in Geneva,Â Switzerland, said,
â€œWe have toÂ note that the factorsÂ and circumstances leading to the current global economicÂ problems, likeÂ HIV/AIDS will soon end up being an African or the Third World crisis.â€
Emphasing that theseÂ African and Third World countriesÂ are principallyÂ Â members of the International Labour Organisation, he said, Nigeria supports, â€œILO to use theÂ GlobalÂ Jobs Pact to help alleviate the socio- economicÂ impact of this. crisis.â€
However, he said this could only be an interim measure.
The minister said, â€œWe urgeÂ youÂ to know that in the long run, we must all find a political solution to theÂ crisis, which may be likened to eitherÂ neo-colonialism or neo-imperialism,”
The minister said, Nigeria was in full support of â€œthe working methods of the committee onÂ the application of standards and the extention of the commiteeÂ on the freedom of association.”
Kayode added,â€œIf the principles captured in this declaration is adopted and mainstreamedÂ into the committee on the application of standards it will no doubtÂ ensure our belief and commitment to the principles of ILO and the Non-Aligned Movement.â€
He said â€œ weÂ ( Nigeria) are inÂ support of the delcaration of need to enhance theÂ memebership of the committeee to include the interests ofÂ Africans and other emerging societies .Â We mustÂ emphasize that the economic challenges facing these countriesÂ as well as throus and pangs of poverty are part of the challengesÂ of complianceÂ with the resolution of the ILO as well as the Decent Work Agendaâ€.
The minister congratulatedÂ ILO on its 90th anniversaryÂ which he noted, â€œ also marks the 50th anniversary of ILO in Nigeria. While we celebrate your excellency on this occasion, we believe the occasion itself providesÂ us with an opportunity to think and reflect.â€
Meanwhile, vice-president, GoodluckÂ Jonathan will participate in aÂ vice-presidential panel discussion on â€œ managing the national jobs agenda in times of crisisâ€.
Other speakers include, the vice presidents of South Africa andÂ Mr.Â Kgalema Motlanthe, andÂ Mr.Â Stephen KalonzoÂ Musyoka of Kenya. Vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan is due to return home later in the evening.