Wednesday 16th August, 2017
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Ngige emerges Vice Chairman of African Labour Centre

Ngige emerges Vice Chairman of African Labour Centre

The Minister of Labour and Em­ployment, Sen Chris Ngige, was over the weekend in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe elected Vice Chairperson of the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC).
Regarded as a result of Nigeria’s demonstrated eminence in continental leadership, the election was the first since the for­mation of the regional la­bour body for the English Speaking African Coun­tries in 1974.
Ngige who led Nigeria’s delegation to the 43rd AR­LAC Governing Council Meeting and High Level Symposium on Funda­mental Principles and Rights At Work, said the high regard for Nigeria in ARLAC, which also yielded one of the three Deputy Directorship of the interim management structure of the Organisa­tion to Nigeria, was a loud tribute to the country’s unequalled contributions to the organisation sta­tion.
“You are aware that Zimbabwean has been the chairperson of ARLAC since formation by the virtue of the fact that its headquarters is domiciled in the country. However, Nigeria reasoned the need for full democratisation of the body to enhance free­dom and encourage ef­ficiency. While we ceded the chairmanship to Zim­babwe and Nigeria unani­mously elected Vice, it stands that periodic elec­tions which we galvanized support for, has replaced an era where Zimbabwe or any other country would appropriate such privilege as a right.
“The election shows a lot of respect, trust and faith in Nigeria’s leader­ship role in the continent. They appreciate our con­cern for Africa, our unity and our commitment to the economic and socio-political development of our continent and above all, our commitment to decent work practices where, Nigeria has do­mesticated almost all the ILO conventions.”
Ngige called on the Re­gional Labour Centre and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to in­tensify capacity building of labour administrators in order to fast track de­velopment among mem­ber nations.
“The dynamics of la­bour administration in the face of dwindling global economy makes a strong case for an in­creased capacity building of labour administrators to enable nations contain emerging development challenges, hence, the need for ARLAC and the ILO to intensify efforts in this direction, “ Ngige added.
He further pledged Ni­geria’s continued support for the Regional Training Centre while requesting for an increased train­ing of Nigeria’s labour officers as a reward for steadfastness and contri­butions. The Minister also informed the regional la­bour body of the commit­ment of the present ad­ministration of President Buhari to broaden the democratic framework governing government/labour relations as well as administration, insist­ing that Nigeria would remain committed to the ideals of the ILO.

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