Federal Government says it has commenced plans to review the labour laws to make them contemporary with what obtains globally and in line with the conventions of the International Labour Organisation ILO.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, made this known in his office while receiving the Deputy Chief Mission of the United States in Nigeria, Kathleen FitzGbbon and Labour Attaché, Carolyn Parker.
According to the Minister, the reviewed labour laws will be sent to the National Assembly for consideration and enactment.
“We are amending our laws to become contemporaneous with what obtains globally. We have done a labour law review. We will send it to parliament. ILO is assisting us. But we are doing what we can with our own small resources,” Ngige said.
He noted that the Federal Government has done so much in the labour sector, especially in the area of occupational safety and health.
“We have the Occupational Safety and Health Department in this Ministry. The department engages in labour inspections to make sure that the working places are okay, and conform to decent work standards.
“We also have two types of insurance for workers. We have insurance against death, which is called Group Life Insurance. We also have the Employee Compensation Act, by which a worker is insured against any accident, injuries and death that may occur in the course of work. An agency of this Ministry, the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF, is managing it”, he explained.
Ngige noted that a steering committee has been set up for the elimination of child trafficking and slave labour, with the secretariat domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
On the issue of Child labour, Ngige said Nigeria has a Child Labour Policy while efforts were being made to bring on board a new Action Plan to replace the Action Plan that expired in 2017 before COVID-19 interfered.
“So, we are hoping that by next year we shall launch it. We will do so after the validation. We also have the National Steering Committee on Elimination of Child Labour and in the various 36 states. We have the state committees. You already know the Child Labour problems and the type of child labour issues that we have here in Nigeria,” he said.
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