Labour Minister tasks IOM on skill acquisition programme

Martha Obi, Abuja

Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige (centre) in a group photograph with IOM officials led by its Chief of Mission, Ms Enira Krdzalic (right) and the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Dr. Clement Illoh on the left among other Directors in the Ministry

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has urged the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), to support the Federal Government’s vocational skills acquisition programme as well as promote trade test certificate issued by the ministry for skills export.

The Minister who stated this when the Chief of Mission, International Organisation for Migration, Ms Enira Krdzalic paid him a courtesy visit, observed that many skilled youths took the part of irregular migration with its attendant danger due to lack of information, he called on IOM to do more in the area of advocacy, publicity and sensitisation through the newly established Migrant Resource Centre under the 10th European Union Development Project.

According to him “irregular migration is one of the worst problems because some of these migrants have skills and vocations that can actually put them on the part of regular migration, but because of the absence of information and knowledge they veer off and undertake the part of irregular migration which has caused them a lot of hazard”.

Speaking further, Ngige said that he is confident that the ministry’s partnership with IOM will afford skilled Nigerians the opportunity to work abroad as regular migrant with relevant documents thereby reducing the spate of irregular migration and the danger it posed to the youths.

Earlier in her remarks, the Chief of IOM, Ms Enira Krdzalic said her organisation is partnering with the Ministry of Labour and Employment to promote gainful employment opportunity as government alone cannot generate all the needed jobs.

She added that IOM has assisted the ministry in upgrading the National Electronic Labour Exchange  portal (NELEX), including establishment of six job centres located in Lagos, Asaba, Awka, Bauchi, Kaduna and Abuja, as well as the establishment of Migrant Resource Centre for easy dissemination of information to intending migrants.

The IOM Chief of Mission reiterated the continued support of her organisation to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

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