By Victor Ahiuma-Young
INTERNATIONAL Labour Organization (ILO) is to assist Nigerian Government in the implementation of the Global Jobs Pact, aimed at wealth creation in line with the Seven_ Point Agenda of the present administration.
The Special Adviser to the International Labour Organization Director_ General and Co_ordinator of the Global Jobs Pact (GJP), Mr. David Lamotte disclosed, during a meeting with the Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu in his office.
A statement by Mr. Samuel Olowookere, Assistant Director, Press, in the Labour Ministry, said Mr. Lamotte noted that his visit to Nigeria was to prepare the minds of stakeholders in the labour sub_sector and also enlighten them on the implementation strategy for the Global Jobs Pact which would help in reducing unemployment in the country.
He informed the audience that he would use his visit to sensitize labour constituents on the ILO Executive Director, Mr. Jose Manuel Salazar_ Xirinach’s visit to Nigeria early next year to assess Nigeria’s readiness for the implementation of the Global Jobs Pact (GJP).
Mr. Lamotte said that the collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Productivity became necessary since the Ministry was central to the implementation process, especially in terms of policy formulations and implementation.
Earlier in his speech, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu, told the envoy of the Ministry’s readiness for the implementation of the Global job pact so as to create employment for our teeming youths in the country.
Chief Wogu noted that a lot had been done in the areas of job creation and there was need for ILO assistance in this direction so that the Global Jobs Pact could be effectively implemented.
The Minister stressed that “my ministry placed much emphasis on Global Jobs Pact and Decent Work Country Programme that have gone into the second generation “. He added that both Global Jobs Pact and Decent Work Country Programme go hand in hand.
He commended the initiative of the International Labour Organization in providing the technical assistance required for effective implementation of the Global Jobs Pact and Decent Work Country Programmes in Nigeria.