National Employment Council Inaugurated To Profer Solutions To Unemployment
The Federal Government has inaugurated the National Employment Council to curb the problem of the increasing unemployment in the country. This was made known by Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said this while unveiling the revised National Employment Policy and inaugurating the National Employment Council on Thursday in Abuja.
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According to him, the step became necessary because of the need to shift from past approaches and temporary measures to curb the menace of rising unemployment in the country. He said, “As job creation policies and programme must anticipate future labor market requirements rather than reacting to it.”
“In coordinating implementation of strategies to fast-track employment creation, we must bear in mind that such strategies are most likely to be successful. That is if it anticipates future labor market requirement rather than reacting to them.
“We have to move away from past approaches where strategies for employment creation and poverty alleviation were a response to a crisis or a temporary measure to mitigate the impact,” he said.
He noted that though unemployment was a global challenge, there is a need for Nigeria like other nations to make collaborated efforts towards checking the menace.
Ngigi also stated that the need is now more urgent due to the increment of youth idleness in perennial violent crimes occurring in the different parts of the country which in turn, poses a threat to socio-economic stability.
He expressed positivity and confidence in the ability of the inaugurated council to come up with solutions to the menace and therefore, calls on them to profer medium and long-term solution that will curb the current rate of unemployment.
“The task before this council is formidable. However, we have confidence in the calibre of members of this council, which is made up of renowned experts, practitioners and policymakers in the field of development and employment promotion.”
“I have no doubt in my mind that you have what it takes to proffer solutions that will ultimately halt and in the medium and long-term reverse the current unemployment situation in the country,” he said.
Earlier in an address, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bolaji Adebiyi, acknowledged that unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are critical challenges that require concerted efforts of all stakeholders to address.
He stated that it was in a bid to holistically address the unemployment crisis that the National Employment Policy was borne and formulated.
He said it was also aimed at putting the output together into an integrated and coherent document, a beacon for the attainment of full employment for all Nigerians, particularly the youths.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Employment Council members whose membership was provided for in the National Employment Policy comprise representatives of Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Finance, and Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
Others include Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Works, Power and Housing, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade and Investment, Central Bank of Nigeria, National Bureau of Statistics, among others.