- Chris Ngige said the Buhari government is committed to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty
- The minister of labour said joblessness was responsible for IPOB and Boko Haram membership
- Ngige said the job of making the country better economically has become a joint responsibility
The minister of labour and productivity, Chris Ngige, has blamed joblessness for the rise in banditry and Boko Haram and separatist groups.
Vanguard reports that the minister said this when the executive members of Labour Correspondents Association of Nigeria (LACAN) paid him a solidarity visit.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to lifting 100 million people out of poverty.
He said: “What we are here to do is national service. Anybody who is a minister of the Federal Republic is on national service. Most of the jobs we did in the Ministry is to prevent job loss especially in the oil industry. We have seen the symptom called unemployment which are very visible.
“When you hear about Boko Haram, that is one of the symptom, when you hear about banditry and IPOB, it is one of the symptom of jobless people. So, for me, the President has decided that we must fight unemployment. We have to fight because the indices is terrible and that does not call for cheers.
“We have to decide and wear our thinking cap and take our country away from the doldrums. The President is committed to recreating the middle class in Nigeria. He is committed to lifting at least 100 million people out of poverty and the only way if for our economy to improve.”
The minister expressed optimism in the improvement of the economy saying it has become a collective responsibility to do so. According to him, when the economy improves, that would be dealing a great blow to poverty, social insecurity and also insecurity of lives and property.
He said the labour ministry will come out with many programmes that will help the government to recreate the middle class that has vanished from the country
He said: “We have a situation now where you have the top most rich who are very rich and those at the bottom. Even down there at the bottom, you still have people who cannot be compartmentalized into the middle class."
Ngige added that the Buhari-led administration is not happy with contract appointment in the private sector, as it wants people to be given their full benefit.
Meanwhile, as workers earnestly await the implementation of the minimum wage, the minister of labour and employment, Dr Ngige, has promised to end the disagreement on the consequential adjustment and salary relativity.
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Ngige, who made the promise to Labour Writers in Abuja on Wednesday, September 11, said that the disagreement was responsible for the delay in the implementation of the new minimum wage.
The minister said that the decision to end the disagreement was to avoid the burden the backlog of arrears, the new minimum wage, would pose to state governments.
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