The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says Nigeria cannot make progress without productivity measurement in various sectors of the national economy.
He spoke in Abuja yesterday at the third National Productivity Summit organised by the National Productivity Centre (NPC).
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According to him, productivity as the efficient and effective management of available resources, remains a key factor that enables societies to generate wealth and sustain development.
He said: “We must propagate the culture of productivity. Some people are suggesting that we downsize because a lot of people are at work. You cannot do that without measuring productivity.
‘’Same goes with emoluments. Some people work in ministries; while others work in parastatals like NNPC and FIRS. They’re not equally paid. The huge disparity in wages does not give cheers. How we can bridge the gap in wages is important.”
He blamed the disparity in wages for rebellions by labour unions, culminating in incessant industrial disputes.
Chairman, National Productivity Summit Planning Committee, Gbenga Bamiduro, said the summit was to bring experts and stakeholders together for robust conversations on mobilization and management of resources for higher productivity.