9 June 2014

Nigeria: Pact With ITC Will Boost Nigeria's Manpower Needs - Minister

Geneva — Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu says the memorandum between the Micheal Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS) and the International Training Center of the International Labour Organisation ((ITC-ILO),Turin, Italy, will set new rules of cooperation between the two institutions as well as boost the manpower needs of Nigeria

Wogu, made the declaration during the signing pact ceremony between MINILS and ITC-ILO that was meant to provide a framework of operational collaborative activities between the two institutions in exploration of opportunities for jointly extending learning services provided by both institutions.

The Labour and Productivity Minister who was represented at the signing ceremony by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illo stated that the official signing pact was the climax of discussions which began last year.

He said "the new pact would in no small measure contribute to the Federal Government transformational agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan's administration

The Labour Minister who was optimistic about the MOU said "it has my blessing and that of Mr. President.

"MINILS has started receiving requests from participants from the sub region who wanted to benefit from the joint programmes", he however said.

Also speaking, the Director General of MINILS, John Olanrewaju, said the new pact would "pave way for development of innovative learning platforms and education programmes with emphasis on low residency and learning at distance for workers and adult learners"

He emphasized that the MoU is a pointer to the fact that Nigeria has the urge, and is ready for her requests to the ILO to galvanise its pace-setting potentials for the building of national capacities and partnerships, promotion of collaboration in re-integration programmes and other forms of interventions for the effective mitigation of the challenges of migration in a largely prismatic world.

"The pact will boost the Implementation strengthening Labour Inspection, Social Security, skills entrepreneurial development including Productivity and workers' education in the formal and informal economies, upgrading the National Electronic labour exchange and the review of the national employment Policy and implementation of the National Action Plan on employment creation in the workplace are some of the activities which affect workers in Nigeria," he however said.

Also, Director of ITC-ILO, Patricia O'Donovan stated that nothing in the agreement, or relating thereto the agreement shall be construed as constituting a waiver of the privileges and immunities by the ITUC-ILO as specialized agency of the United Nations Organisaton in the framework of the Convention on the privileges and immunities of the specialized Agencies (1947) and thereto relating to the ILO

She however said "the pact would further boost the upgrading the National Electronic Labour Exchange, Review of the National Employment Policy and implementation of the National Action Plan on Employment Creation as well as add to the strengthening Labour Inspection, Social Security, Skills Entrepreneurial Development including Productivity and Workers' Education in the Formal and Informal Economies in Nigeria"

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