To boost its efforts in tackling the problem of illegal labour migration in the country, the Federal Government(FG) has appealed for the support of the German government.
This was revealed in a press statement signed by the Ministry’s Deputy Director, Press, Charles Akpan, and made available to journalists.
the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, made this appeal in Lagos while commissioning the Nigerian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration(NGC), the newly upgraded National Electronic Labour Exchange (NELEX) Centres and offices of the Zonal Director and State Labour Controller.
Ngige, the statement said, noted that aside from the three existing Migrant Resource Centres in Lagos, Benin and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, more centres are needed in the six geo-political zones of the country.
‘’The Minister acknowledged the continuous support of the German government to Nigeria, thanking especially the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) for establishing the NGC in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
‘’He recalled that the NGC was established within the framework of the partnership agreement signed by his Ministry and GIZ on November 22, 2017, under the Global Programme , Migration for Development for Development (PMD)
According to him, the partnership was in recognition of the need to promote employment, enhance the potentials of international labour migration and strengthen the institutional capacity of his Ministry, to effectively manage organized labour migration in development-oriented ways.
‘’He added that the collaboration was equally geared towards providing support for the return and reintegration of migrants , awreness creation on the risk of illegal migration as well as offering advice and providing information on regular pathways of migration to Germany, among others.’’.