- The federal ministry of labour tells Nigerians youths to invest their time in creative jobs rather than depending on the government for jobs
- Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, tells unemployed graduates to look beyond government jobs
- The minister says the richest youth in the world are creative entrepreneurs and not working for the government
The federal ministry of labour has advised unemployed graduates to invest their time in creative jobs rather than depending on the government for jobs.
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, gave the advice at a town hall meeting on popularisation of blue/green collar jobs among graduates of tertiary institutions in Edo state on Monday, February 10, The Cable reports.
Charles Akpan, a spokesman of the ministry in a statement said Ngige was represented by Martina Nwordu, director of special duties and projects department in the ministry at the event.
The minister told Nigerian youths to look beyond government jobs, explaining that the richest youth in the world are creative entrepreneurs and not working for the government.
Ngige asked stakeholders to cooperate with the government on the programme as it would also contribute to achieving the president’s promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.
Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel has stated that an effective and entrenched social security scheme will serve as a panacea for diverse agitations across Nigeria.
The Akwa Ibom state governor stated this when he hosted the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige. Ngige and a team of Nigerian Social Investment Trust Fund (NSITF) officials are in Uyo for a two-day retreat.
Governor Emmanuel charged officials of NSITF to step up enlightenment on the scheme to create awareness of its implications and earn the trust of workers.
He noted that social security keeps the people are calmer and lessens agitation, stressing that Nigeria’s huge population cannot ignore such a scheme.
In another report, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed any of its state chapters to proceed on industrial action if negotiations are not going as planned as regards the new minimum wage.
President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, gave the directive in Abuja on Tuesday, February 4. He said 15 states have signed an agreement with labour while an agreement has been reached but yet to be signed in Cross River, Enugu and Sokoto.
According to him, negotiation is ongoing in 17 states while implementation of the minimum wage and consequential agreement had begun in 13 states, and implementation for levels one to six had commenced in three states.
He added that four states are on the awaiting implementation status, while 16 states are yet to begin implementation. The minimum wage issue has been a hot topic on social media in recent weeks.
Still on labour news, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for a reduction in the salaries of political office holders in the country.
The NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, February 4, at a press briefing, said political office holders in Nigeria are being overpaid.
Wabba stated that the salaries of the Nigerian political elite are much higher than any other in the world.
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