After five years on the council, Senator Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, has withdrawn from the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Governing Council.
While Senator Ngige still has one year left to finish his second three-year term, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is set to conclude on May 29 of this year when the minister’s tenure as a member of the cabinet expires.
A statement issued by Olajide Oshundun, Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, quoted the ILO DG saying: “I have to note particularly, the renewed passion and commitment which the Nigerian government has given to tripartism, social dialogue and decent work in the past few years, making it possible to ratify four conventions in a year.
“I recall that Nigeria’s Minister was here in November 2022, to deposit two ratified instruments–Conventions 2006 C (187) on Promotional framework for occupational safety and Health, and 2019 C (190) on Violence and Harassment and in less than five months, the nation has ratified and deposited two additional conventions. That is quite commendable.
The Director General, who noted the contributions of the Nigeria’s Minister of Labour to the Governing Body and the Congress since 2016, described Ngige who is attending his last Governing Body meeting, as “knowledgeable and industrious.
“He has been a great voice in the Governing Body and we will appreciate it if he keeps in touch with the ILO even after his present tenure as Nigeria’s Minister.”
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