Senate summons labour minister over unemployment

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According to reports, the Senate has summoned the Minister of Labour and productivity, Dr Chris Nigege, to appear before it to provide insight into government’s road map towards tackling the alarming unemployment rate in the country and consequently review and reinforcing the blueprint.

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This followed a motion by sen Duro Faseyi (PDP Ekiti North) on the intolerable upswing of unemployment in Nigeria.

The Senate said that it was worried that the economic recession which has hit the country would multiply the level of unemployment in the country as more companies have already started downsizing in order to cut cost, which according to them would compound the unemployment situation in the country.

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It urged government to declare a state of emergency on unemployment with a view to confronting the challenge squarely.

The senate also directed government ministries and agencies and parastaltals, particularly the security outfits to enlist more Nigerian youths as s measure towards enhancing security around the country as well as ease unemployment.

It further directed the senate committee on labour and productivity to organise a one day retreat to dicuss the issue of unemployment with a view of addressing the challenge.

Similarly, the upper chamber has mandated MDA’s and private organisations to de-emphasis age bracket and cognate experience as a prerequisite for recruitment for applicants seeking to be employed for the first time.

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It also urged the MDA’s to adhere strictly to Federal Character principles as it relates to recruitment exercise.

This was sequel to a motion sponsored by Sen. Mathew Urhoghide (PDP Edo South) on the need to unbuurden recruitment requirement and modes to remove underserved hardship for job seekers in Nigeria.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary said a situation where people are excluded from recruitment either by age or cognate exeperience was no longer unacceptable.

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