The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, said on Monday that the Federal Government would partner Trade Union Congress (TUC) to create jobs for the teeming youths across the country.
Ngige said this when he met with the leadership of the union in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was convened in respect of numerous issues bordering on labour administration in the country.
Ngige said that the major focus of the present administration included job creation, security and anti-corruption war.
“We are going to partner with you in terms of these three and especially in employment generation, as we are going to do massive employment in the country.
We are also going to do some social responsibility work in terms of gathering so many Nigerians in the social safety net, in order for their life to be meaningful.
At the same time, we want to touch the valuable groups — women and youths –; there are a lot youths that are unemployed now.
I want to assure you that in the 2016 budget of the Federal Government, we have mapped out many poverty intervention projects, especially those that will give jobs to our youths.”
The minister said that if meaningful jobs were created in the country, the issue of insurgency would be a thing of the past.
He said that the ministry would collaborate with the union in ensuring that machinery was put in motion for the government to create jobs for youths.
He said that the issue of unemployment was what prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to rename the ministry as the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
“Mr President wants the ministry to stand on what its name stands for, which is employment generation.”
He also called on the union to assist government in fighting corrupting, saying that it was the union’s duty to assist the government block the leakages.
“You must help the government to fight corruption, because this is why our resources are being mismanaged, stolen and frittered away over the years.”
The minister said that the Federal Government would honour all outstanding arrears of promotion, adding that civil servants would be paid their dues within effective dates of their promotion.
Ngige said that other issues pertaining to the welfare of workers such as casualisation, and contract staffing, among others, would be addressed.
Earlier, TUC President Bobboi Kaigama, urged the minister to include the union as part of the National Labour Advisory Council.
Kaigama also urged the minister to resolve the crisis in Owena Hotel, the issues of casualisation, the health sector crisis as well as the payment of outstanding arrears allowances owed to workers by the Federal Government.