Abuja - Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris
Ngige, has urged the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to
complement government efforts to address irregular migration.
He described the problem as one of the biggest challenges
for the government.
“Irregular migration is one of the worst problems because
some of these migrants have skills and vocations that can actually put them on
the part of regular migration, but because of the absence of information and
knowledge they veer off and undertake the part of irregular migration which has
caused them a lot of hazard,” said Ngige.
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Ngige spoke as he received Chief of Mission, International
Organisation for Migration, Enira Krdzalic, who paid him a courtesy visit in
his Abuja offices.
Krdzalic meanwhile said her organisation was partnering with
the Ministry of Labour and Employment to promote gainful employment opportunity
as government alone cannot generate all the needed jobs.
She added that IOM has assisted the ministry in upgrading
the National Electronic Labour Exchange portal (NELEX), including establishment
of six job centres.
These are located in Abuja Asaba, Awka, Bauchi, Kaduna and
Lagos. There are also Migrant Resource Centres for easy dissemination of
information to intending migrants.
- CAJ News