Thursday, 24 March 2016

Ngige woos UAE on employment of Nigerians

MINISTER of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has requested the government of United Arab Emirates, UAE, to activate the process of labour migration
and employment of skilled Nigerian workers in their country.

Speaking during a condolence visit by the UAE ambassador to Nigeria, Amb Muhammed Almahmood on the passing away of the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, SAN, Senator Ngige urged UAE to activate the process of legal migration of skilled Nigerian middle level workers into their country under the International Labour Migration guidelines.

He said the appeal was necessary "In consonance with the spirit of the relationship which exists between our two
countries, and which President, Mohammadu Buhari has further bolstered with his recent official visit to the United
Arab Emirate 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.
"It is our 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 Organization guidelines just like we are trying to do with Qatar.

"No doubt, we have high 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."

Senator Ngige according to the statement signed by Samuel Olowookere, Deputy Director, Press, reiterated the common commitment of Nigeria and the UAE to fighting global terrorism.

He said, "We are together in condemning terrorist attacks all over the world, especially in Nigeria where Boko Haram has destabilized the entire North East zone of the country, displacing millions and causing job losses. We seek for the assistance of your country in rehabilitating the displaced and in reconstructing their communities."

In his remarks, Amb. Mahmood Mohammed promised the cooperation of his country in the promotion of trade and other bilateral relations with Nigeria.

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