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Labour vital to Vision 20:2020 success – Minister

By Funmi Komolafe

Labour and Productivity Minister, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode said that issues of job security and dignity of labour
need to be included in the Vision -20-20 programme to enhance the nation’s economic development.

He made this known at a workshop on, Nigerian Vision 20:2020 Engagement with Special Interest Group (SIG) on Labour.

The minister said labour is both the subject and the object of the developmental process and as the creator of
wealth, it is  important that  labour’s  perspective be adequately reflected in the vision document.

The minister urged participants to suggest initiatives that should be executed by the Federal Government for the
achievement of vision 20: 2020 targets and objectives in addition to the provision of  ideas on the mechanism for
the implementation of the vision 20: 2020 plan.

Kayode said participants should take into consideration a large population of over 140 million, estimated to exceed
210 million by 2020, thus creating a growing, thriving and large market in Africa, with a young but thriving
democracy likely to create a stable political environment conducive for business and foreign investment.

He advised participants to produce a credible report from labour’s  perspective for eventual harmonisation with the
other aspects of the vision 20:2020 document.

He said focus should be on skill acquisition and development, job security and post-service insurance, adding that
other areas of focus are gender, or various forms of discrimination at the workplace.


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