Nigeria priotising social dialogue, decent work – Minister 

 

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, has reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to fostering a culture of constructive social dialogue and promoting decent working conditions in Nigeria by ensuring a fair and equitable work environment for Nigerian workers.

This is as she highlighted the federal government’s policies targeting food security, job creation, poverty alleviation, and social cohesion, aligning with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s “Renewed Hope Agenda.”

He made the remarks in her speech at the 112th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, as a response to the director-general’s report on the renewed social contract, outlining Nigeria’s position on the global agenda for decent work and social justice.

A statement signed by special adviser, Media, Emameh Gabriel, said  the minister applauded the director-general’s office for selecting a timely and relevant theme, which highlights the mutual interdependence between individuals and societies in promoting social unity, economic robustness, and political stability. She observed that this year’s theme aligns perfectly with the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, a visionary policy framework designed to transform Nigeria into a premier investment hub on the global stage.

“The agenda is hinged on the Core Pillars ‘4-D Diplomacy Strategy’ centred on promoting democracy, driving economic development, harnessing Nigeria’s demographic potential, and engaging with the Diaspora community. The eight Priority Areas of the Agenda aims to pursue economic prosperity for the country through food security, poverty eradication, economic growth, job creation, access to capital, inclusiveness, improving the security of life and property, rule of law and fight against corruption which will help build a more just and equitable society, reminding both Nigerians and the global community that Nigeria stands ready to embrace the future and conduct business in line with International best practice. 

“The Nigerian government has provided enabling environment for social dialogue with the tripartite constituents to advance social justice and has solicited tripartite plus cooperation to align with government’s agenda in the labour sector to promote worker’s welfare and boost national productivity.”