FG says Nigeria’s social security system poor, seeks ILO’s intervention | Dailytrust

FG says Nigeria’s social security system poor, seeks ILO’s intervention

Minster of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige
Minster of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has described Nigeria’s social security system as poor, saying the nation needs the intervention of the International Labour Organisation.

Ngige, according to a statement Sunday by the spokesman of the ministry, Charles Akpan, spoke in Abuja while receiving a delegation of the French candidate for the Office of the Secretary-General of the ILO, Muriel Penicaud, who visited to request Nigeria’s support in the election.

He said: “There’s a scourge of massive unemployment and under-employment. So far, the intervention of the ILO in this direction is like a drop of water in the ocean. We need ILO to assist mobilize global donor agencies so we can effectively tackle this.

“When you talk about child’s labour, it revolves around income. Low income makes families push out their children to the farms, to hawk in the streets. So, we are talking about poverty.

“The ILO is in the best position to assist developing countries like ours to create a system to reduce poverty. 

“Our social security system is poor and for the ILO to make a meaningful intervention, it needs to shape up and align with other global agencies for impactful assistance.”

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