Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has solicited for the support of the United Arab Emirates, UAE, particularly in the area of skills and other expertise which both countries have in common.
Ngige, while receiving the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Mahmood Mohammed Almahmood, who paid him a condolence visit on the recent demise of the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, appealed to the ambassador to activate the process of legal migration of skilled Nigerian middle level workers into their country under the International Labour Migration guidelines.
The minister, who was riding on the recent successful visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the United Arab Emirates, said “In consonance with the spirit of the relationship which exists between our countries and which the president further bolstered with his recent official visit to the United Arab Emirates, and considering the series of agreements signed in the areas of trade, economic development, investment and industry, as well as in legal cooperation among others, my ministry wishes to request that you activate the process of labour migration and employment into the UAE for skilled Nigerian workers.”
He expressed his desire to export skilled middle level workers, whether they are carpenters, bricklayers, tillers, painters etc. “We want to export them officially under the International Labour Migration Organisation’s guidelines just like we are trying to do with Qatar. No doubt, we have skilled Nigerian professionals like engineers, medical doctors, nurses and others already in your country but we want to push people from the middle cadre who have blue collar skills.“
The minister reiterated the commitment of Nigeria and the UAE in the fight against global terrorism.
In his remarks, Ambassador Mohammed promised the cooperation of his country in the promotion of trade and other bilateral relations.

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