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We ‘ll create jobs, boost productivity – Labour Minister

By Funmi Komolafe

ABUJA—The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu has directed the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, and the National Productivity Centre to articulate measurable targets to boost skill acquisition and wealth creation immediately.

Speaking shortly after he met with heads of parastatals under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Abuja, Wogu who said the impact of the two organisations must be visible during the tenure of Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan added, “You have to come up with specific data on what you did last year.  We need to know the figures and plan for the future on how we can boost the capacity and skills of those not presently engaged in the workforce.”

The Minister according to his Special Assistant, Mr Emmanuel Aziken  told the management of NDE led by its Director-General, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed “We need to have a data bank, we need to know the figures and what is important is that there is a law which is in place and is for us to provide you with the needed logistics to achieve the purposes within the ambit of the law.”

Responding, NDE Director-General, Abubakar Mohammed had earlier complained that the caravans used for the directorate’s school on wheels programme were in a bad shape while the minister promised to render the necessary assistance to put them back into operation.

The minister also told the management of the National Productivity Centre led by its Director General, Dr. Paul Bdliya that he places more emphasis on productivity.

In his words, “You can have all the work force in the country, if it is not productive, it is of little value.”


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