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Jobs,Terrorism Top FG’s Discussion At ILO Confab

Posted: Jun 12, 2015 at 2:47 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Sylvester Enoghase –  Geneva, Switzerland

 

Worsening terrorism in North East Nigeria, including dwindling employment opportunities for teaming youths were among issues that topped Federal Government’s agenda to the 104th International Labour Conference.

The Leader of Nigeria Delegation to 104th conference in Geneva, Dr. Clement Illoh (right), Mrs. Helen Jemerigbe, Project Director Nigeria Employer Consultative Association (NECA), NLC’s  President, Comrade Ayubba Wabba, and TUC’s President  Comrade, Boboi Kaigama, at a plenary session of the on-going International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland

The Leader of Nigeria Delegation to 104th conference in Geneva, Dr. Clement Illoh (right), Mrs. Helen Jemerigbe, Project Director Nigeria Employer Consultative Association (NECA), NLC’s President, Comrade Ayubba Wabba, and TUC’s President Comrade, Boboi Kaigama, at a plenary session of the on-going International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Clement Iloh, who led the Nigerian delegation, made a far reaching presentation on these thematic areas. He said these emerging challenges and solutions called for more introspection among member states, especially the dynamic roles culture, religion politics, ethnicity among others plays in fostering development.

While the ILO would be marking its centenary year in 2019, Iloh reminded the conference of the adverse effect of terrorism with implications for discrimination, stigmatisation, abduction, kidnapping rape at work among others.

He said: “there was need for international collaboration to fashion out a framework that would address these hydra headed problems amongst member states in the world”.

Meanwhile, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Waba has called on world leaders to embrace the spirit of unity in the current struggle by the tripartite body that make up the ILO, the Government, Employers and workers to fight anti-workers” activities in developing countries of the World.

He said: “We call on World leaders in the world to unite in the spirit of unity to confront anti-workers” activities. We are concerned with the increasing challenges which the emerging forms of employment relationships such as contract staffing, casualisation, part time work and employees without borders pose to developing countries in confronting the basic issues of fundamental principles and rights at work”.

“The issue of dealing with the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in some crises affected countries such as the North Eastern part of Nigeria engulfed with the problem of Boko Haram insurgency is a current challenge that needs to be urgently addressed within this centenary framework”, he added.

Also, the President of Trade Union Congress, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama stated that Nigeria is in needs of international aid to confront insurgency ravaging some Northern states in Nigeria

He said: “We need international support to confront and to address the hydra headed problems associated with terrorism, insurgency and other forms of political upheavals with implications for discrimination, stigmatisation, abduction, kidnapping and rape at work, a standard direction and guideline”.

On child labour, the National Women Commission Chairperson of TUC, Comrade Oyinkansola Olasanoye said “Our new investigative report in Nigeria shows the need for a coherent policy approach that tackles child labour and the lack of decent jobs for youth together in Nigeria. Keeping children in school and receiving a good education until at least the minimum age of employment will determine the whole life of a child. It is the only way for a child to acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed for further learning, and for her or his future working life,