Nigeria: ILO Solicits Employment, Economic Opportunities To Promote Peace
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Nigeria: ILO Solicits Employment, Economic Opportunities To Promote Peace

The International Labour Organisation, ILO says the lack of peace in Nigeria can be linked to a shortage of employment and economic opportunities for the growing young population.

The ILO Country Director, Mrs Vanessa Phala stated this in Abuja at Joint-UN Celebration for International Peace Day in Nigeria tagged “Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria.”

Mrs Phala urged Nigeria not to only focus on recovery and reconstruction in post-conflict and disaster situations, but also on addressing root causes of fragility and taking preventive measures.

“There also a need to improve relevant policy frameworks and provide innovative solutions to address poverty which is the root cause of child labour and forced labour.”

“We urge employers to honour the right of workers to social protection by constantly remitting the employer’s contribution to health protection, old age benefits, employment injury scheme, and other support systems,’’ she said.

The Country Director urged the media to take the lead in the global coordinated campaign to ensure lasting peace in all societies by consistently informing and educating the public on international labour standards and fundamental rights at work.

“As employers of labour, we have a responsibility to ensure peaceful coexistence among workers by respecting the right at work for workers of all categories.”

On his part, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige expressed worry over the increasing number of child labour in the country.

The minister who was represented by the Director, of Productivity, Measurement and Labour Standard Department, Mrs Juliana Adebambo while highlighted the steps the government had taken to address some challenges fueling child labour in Nigeria.

According to her,” “This includes tackling poverty through Social Investment programmes such as Conditional Cash-transfer, N-power programme, Home Grown School Feeding,’’

She noted that the outbreak of COVID-19 brought with it a chain reaction that caused devastating effects on the long-term development and safety of children not only in Nigeria but all over the world.

” As a result, families were plunged into poverty and vulnerable conditions, among others, households needing to employ various means for survival, this meant children were forced to go into the streets to bring income, exposing them to higher levels of vulnerability compared to adults.”

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