President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba has demanded that the International Labour Organisation, ILO, assist Nigeria in tackling the issues of endemic poverty, burgeoning unemployment, frustrating and depressed wage regimes combined with the Boko Haram insurgency.
NLC President who led the delegation of NLC to the ILO, in Geneva Switzerland, argued that the above-mentioned circumstances were man-made and were therefore curable.
Responding to the addresses of the Chairperson of the Governing Board and the Director General both of ILO, Mr. Guy Ryder, at a formal session yesterday, said the situation is so manifestly grave, and it demands immediate global attention.
One of the ways of ameliorating this situation, explained Wabba, was the institutionalisation of a robust social dialogue mechanism reminiscent of the Presidency of the late Yar’Adua, which he said substantially benefitted the industrial relations practice in the country during the late President’s tenure.
Accordingly, he requested the ILO to avail the government of President Muhammadu Buhari the necessary technical and institutional support to revive the culture of social dialogue in the country, pledging that the NLC is deeply committed to genuine participation in the revival of the social dialogue.
He said NLC was eager to discuss the core issues of labour interest including job creation, migration management, social protection floors implementation and the broader issues around the structural transformation of the Nigerian economy.
The Congress President welcomed the announcement by the Director General that a Global Commission would be put in place to look at the issues within the world of work as well as serve as a debate document during the centenary of ILO.

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