- Nigeria's labour minister is seeking assistance from the United States government
- The minister recently received the United States ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard
- According to Chris Ngige, with a population of 200 million, things are not well with Nigerians
Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, has asked the US government for assistance, saying Nigerians are not feeling comfortable.
The minister made the appeal on Tuesday, February 18, when he received the US ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard in his office. Ngige went on to note that “things are not very normal and well with us here.”
While seeking help from the US through the ambassador, Ngige said the American government skipped Nigeria believing the people were content and instead offered technical assistance to other African countries such as Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana.
The labour minister further explained that Nigeria is not comfortable and things are not well with the people with a population of nearly 200 million and the current GDP.
He said: “It is not something we can do alone, we have called on the Department of Labour of America to assist, we need technical assistance. We have noticed that Nigeria has been skipped, the USA offered a lot of technical assistance to Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Sudan but they left us.
"They feel we are comfortable but we are not comfortable. With a population of nearly 200 million. If you check our GDP, things are not very normal and well with us here.
"We are still calling for that assistance, we are calling for the United States to assist the government of Nigeria in putting schools in those areas that child labour is endemic, clinics in those areas that are endemic, putting up even their own program of empowerment for people.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, pleaded with the United States government to assist Nigeria defeating Boko Haram insurgents and other security challenges in the country.
Gbajabiamila made the plea when he met the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, at a function in Abuja. The lawmaker said Nigerians were worried over the lingering insecurity challenges in the country and that many in the country were looking up to the United States of America for assistance to tackle this challenge.
In a related development, the federal government is maximizing all opportunities at its disposal to make insurgency, insecurity, and terrorism a thing of the past in the country. One of such avenues to profer practical solutions to these related problems made itself available in a high-profile meeting at the Nigerian Police headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, February 18.
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