FG com­mit­ted to so­cial se­cu­rity — Ngige

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The Fed­eral Govern­ment yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated its com­mit­ment to pro­vide so­cial se­cu­rity to en­hance work­ers’ wel­fare.

The Di­rec­tor, Trade Dis­pute and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions, Mrs Chinedu Dike, who rep­re­sented the Min­is­ter of Labour and Em­ploy­ment, Sen. Chris Ngige, dropped the hint yes­ter­day at the In­ter­na­tional Trade Union Con­gress (ITUC-Africa) Re­gional Con­fer­ence on ``Ad­vanc­ing De­cent Work in Global Sup­ply Chain in Africa’’ hold­ing in Abuja.

The con­fer­ence was or­gan­ised by the Nige­ria Labour Con­gress (NLC) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ITUC-Africa.

ITUC-Africa rep­re­sents 180 mil­lion work­ers in 162 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries with 333 na­tional af­fil­i­ates in­clud­ing the Nige­ria Labour Con­gress (NLC).

Mrs Dike said the govern­ment was also com­mit­ted to grant­ing rights to work­ers at work­places.

She said the con­fer­ence rep­re­sented a pre­lude to con­fronting one of the crit­i­cal chal­lenges fac­ing African work­ers in their pur­suit of rel­a­tive hap­pi­ness and achiev­ing one of the most crit­i­cal ba­sic things of hu­man needs as mem­bers of the so­ci­ety.

She added that the ini­tia­tive pro­vided a fo­rum for ger­mane is­sues to be dis­cussed, bear­ing in mind the enor­mous im­pli­ca­tion on ef­fec­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion in Africa.

“Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to job cre­ation, so­cial pro­tec­tion and pro­mot­ing so­cial di­a­logue which would be given top pri­or­ity in the present ad­min­is­tra­tion,’’ She said.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Fed­er­a­tion (HoS), Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who was rep­re­sented by Mr Em­manuel Audu, an As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor, In­dus­trial Re­la­tions, said her of­fice would part­ner with the NLC to en­sure that wel­fare was given a top pri­or­ity.

She urged labour to con­tinue to co­op­er­ate with the govern­ment on the im­prove­ment of wel­fare and well­be­ing of work­ers and ex­pressed the hope that the out­come of the meet­ing would en­hance de­cent work sit­u­a­tions in Nige­ria and Africa. The con­fer­ence ends to­day. (NAN)

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