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Labour migration policy will spur Vision 2020 – FG

By Emmanuel Elebeke

THE FEDERAL Government has said that adequate utilisation of available manpower will ginger the realisation of vision 20:2020.

The Minister of Labour and productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, stated the government position at the national validation workshop of a new draft national labour migration policy in Abuja.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Clement Illoh, Wogu noted that labour migration had contributed not just to national growth and development but also to peace, security, general well being and harmony of the country.

This he said underscored the need for the support of all stakeholders to the new draft labour migration policy, expected to be forwarded to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, for approval and adoption.

Wogu noted that labour migration was far from being a new phenomenon, as women and men had been leaving their homeland in search of better lives elsewhere for centuries, stressing that the difference now was that labour migration was a far more widespread phenomenon in this era of globalisation than before, due to improvement in international communication and transportation systems.

According to him, “Deploying organised labour migration is key instrument for national growth because the contribution of organised labour migration is not just to national growth and development but for peace, security, general well being and harmony.

It is most appropriate for us in view of our abundant human resources to support the new draft labour migration policy and deploy it when adopted as an instrument of national growth and development underpinned by our national vision 20:2020.

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