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  •  Within the framework of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel UNISS the International Labour Organisation ILO and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR are joining hands to improve the livelihoods of Malian refugees and host communities whole live in and nearby the Mbera refugee camp in Eastern Mauritania More than 55 000 Malian refugees who fled the war in their country in 2012 are living in the Mbera camp in eastern Mauritania roughly 60 kilometers from the border with Mali With little or no opportunity for socio economic integration into the local labour market they survive mainly on humanitarian aid To meet their economic needs the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR and the International Labour Organisation ILO joined efforts to improve living conditions of refugees and host communities through an ambitious project aiming at promoting decent employment and refugee integration in Mauritania Thus in December 2018 the ILO with the support of UNHCR started to implement the project ldquo Strengthening the empowerment of refugees and host populations through improved employability of young people in the construction sector rdquo This project which marks the start of an ILO UNHCR partnership in Mauritania is an operationalization of the Memorandum of Understanding and the Joint Action Plan between the two organizations The agreement highlights the importance of the right to work for displaced population in the world through concrete actions on the field in order to improve the living conditions of refugees and local communities These activities are also undertaken under the Partnership Framework with the government of Mauritania for Sustainable Development CPDD 2018 2022 In their Joint action ILO and UNHCR combine humanitarian and development approaches to achieve refugee empowerment and peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities The project specifically aims to provide young refugees in the Mbera camp and the host community youth with the opportunity to have access to certified quality training in several trades of the building and public works sector and in sectors that boost local economic development For this reason a polyvalent vocational training center was built in the Mbera camp providing a learning framework that will promote the development of new skills and the qualification and certification of young people by the national monitoring and validation learning system under the auspices of the Technical and Vocational Training Department So far more than 565 young Malian refugees and Mauritanians have been trained by the project in various trades of the building and public works sector of which 200 are already employed in the private sector In addition 5 cooperatives and 25 micro enterprises have been created and strengthened since the end of 2018 In the long term the center will train more than 6 000 refugees and young members of the host population Within this joint partnership UNHCR ILO framework to support the implementation of UNISS new projects are being implemented with support from Japan and the Bureau of Populations Refugees and Migration BPRM of the United States whose focus will be on a training program in the dairy tailoring and automobile mechanic value chain These projects will complement other interventions such as the construction of two primary schools two mini dairies a livestock and craftsmen center and an access road to Mbera camp to facilitate the movement of people and to foster socio economic interactions and exchanges between the different communities that live in the area The partnership between UNHCR and ILO constitutes a major realization that facilitates socio economic integration through the strengthening of the entrepreneurial tissue the development of new skills demanded by the labour market and the empowerment of the youth in the Sahel
    UNHCR and International Labour Organisation (ILO) facilitate the integration of Malian refugees in Mauritania
     Within the framework of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel UNISS the International Labour Organisation ILO and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR are joining hands to improve the livelihoods of Malian refugees and host communities whole live in and nearby the Mbera refugee camp in Eastern Mauritania More than 55 000 Malian refugees who fled the war in their country in 2012 are living in the Mbera camp in eastern Mauritania roughly 60 kilometers from the border with Mali With little or no opportunity for socio economic integration into the local labour market they survive mainly on humanitarian aid To meet their economic needs the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR and the International Labour Organisation ILO joined efforts to improve living conditions of refugees and host communities through an ambitious project aiming at promoting decent employment and refugee integration in Mauritania Thus in December 2018 the ILO with the support of UNHCR started to implement the project ldquo Strengthening the empowerment of refugees and host populations through improved employability of young people in the construction sector rdquo This project which marks the start of an ILO UNHCR partnership in Mauritania is an operationalization of the Memorandum of Understanding and the Joint Action Plan between the two organizations The agreement highlights the importance of the right to work for displaced population in the world through concrete actions on the field in order to improve the living conditions of refugees and local communities These activities are also undertaken under the Partnership Framework with the government of Mauritania for Sustainable Development CPDD 2018 2022 In their Joint action ILO and UNHCR combine humanitarian and development approaches to achieve refugee empowerment and peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities The project specifically aims to provide young refugees in the Mbera camp and the host community youth with the opportunity to have access to certified quality training in several trades of the building and public works sector and in sectors that boost local economic development For this reason a polyvalent vocational training center was built in the Mbera camp providing a learning framework that will promote the development of new skills and the qualification and certification of young people by the national monitoring and validation learning system under the auspices of the Technical and Vocational Training Department So far more than 565 young Malian refugees and Mauritanians have been trained by the project in various trades of the building and public works sector of which 200 are already employed in the private sector In addition 5 cooperatives and 25 micro enterprises have been created and strengthened since the end of 2018 In the long term the center will train more than 6 000 refugees and young members of the host population Within this joint partnership UNHCR ILO framework to support the implementation of UNISS new projects are being implemented with support from Japan and the Bureau of Populations Refugees and Migration BPRM of the United States whose focus will be on a training program in the dairy tailoring and automobile mechanic value chain These projects will complement other interventions such as the construction of two primary schools two mini dairies a livestock and craftsmen center and an access road to Mbera camp to facilitate the movement of people and to foster socio economic interactions and exchanges between the different communities that live in the area The partnership between UNHCR and ILO constitutes a major realization that facilitates socio economic integration through the strengthening of the entrepreneurial tissue the development of new skills demanded by the labour market and the empowerment of the youth in the Sahel
    UNHCR and International Labour Organisation (ILO) facilitate the integration of Malian refugees in Mauritania
    Africa3 years ago

    UNHCR and International Labour Organisation (ILO) facilitate the integration of Malian refugees in Mauritania



    Within the framework of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are joining hands to improve the livelihoods of Malian refugees and host communities whole live in and nearby the Mbera refugee camp in Eastern Mauritania.

    More than 55,000 Malian refugees who fled the war in their country in 2012, are living in the Mbera camp in eastern Mauritania, roughly 60 kilometers from the border with Mali. With little or no opportunity for socio-economic integration into the local labour market, they survive mainly on humanitarian aid.
    To meet their economic needs, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) joined efforts to improve living conditions of refugees and host communities through an ambitious project aiming at promoting decent employment and refugee integration in Mauritania.

    Thus, in December 2018, the ILO, with the support of UNHCR, started to implement the project “Strengthening the empowerment of refugees and host populations through improved employability of young people in the construction sector”.

    This project which marks the start of an ILO-UNHCR partnership in Mauritania is an operationalization of the Memorandum of Understanding and the Joint Action Plan between the two organizations. The agreement highlights the importance of the right to work for displaced population in the world, through concrete actions on the field in order to improve the living conditions of refugees and local communities.

    These activities are also undertaken under the Partnership Framework with the government of Mauritania for Sustainable Development (CPDD) 2018-2022.
    In their Joint action, ILO and UNHCR combine humanitarian and development approaches to achieve refugee empowerment and peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities.

    The project specifically aims to provide young refugees in the Mbera camp and the host community youth with the opportunity to have access to certified quality training in several trades of the building and public works sector and in sectors that boost local economic development.

    For this reason, a polyvalent vocational training center was built in the Mbera camp, providing a learning framework that will promote the development of new skills, and the qualification and certification of young people by the national monitoring and validation learning system under the auspices of the Technical and Vocational Training Department.

    So far, more than 565 young Malian refugees and Mauritanians have been trained by the project in various trades of the building and public works sector, of which 200 are already employed in the private sector. In addition, 5 cooperatives and 25 micro-enterprises have been created and strengthened since the end of 2018.
    In the long term the center will train more than 6,000 refugees and young members of the host population.

    Within this joint partnership UNHCR-ILO framework to support the implementation of UNISS, new projects are being implemented with support from Japan and the Bureau of Populations, Refugees and Migration (BPRM) of the United States whose focus will be on a training program in the dairy, tailoring and automobile mechanic value chain. These projects will complement other interventions such as the construction of two primary schools, two mini-dairies, a livestock and craftsmen center, and an access road to Mbera camp to facilitate the movement of people and to foster socio-economic interactions and exchanges between the different communities that live in the area.

    The partnership between UNHCR and ILO constitutes a major realization that facilitates socio-economic integration through the strengthening of the entrepreneurial tissue, the development of new skills demanded by the labour market and the empowerment of the youth in the Sahel.

  •  Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM has called for collaboration between it and the International Labour Organisation ILO with a view to addressing the challenges of irregular migration Chairman CEO of NIDCOM Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa called for the collaboration when she received in her office in Abuja a three man delegation from ILO comprising Ms Lotte Kejer Chief Technical Adviser CTA on Labour Migration Francesco Panziga ILO Consultant and Iskandar Kholov ILO Technical Officer According to the NIDCOM chairman the issue of migration has been at the forefront of discourse and has led to a situation where many Nigerians are tricked into believing that job opportunities awaited them abroad only to end up defrauded Nigeria News Agency reports that migration is often associated with poverty but other factors also drive the phenomenon including youth unemployment climate change and urbanization Employment seeking migration accounts for the biggest share of intraregional mobility as youths migrate from one country to another looking for better job opportunities Dabiri Erewa said So how can we make irregular migration regular You have a lot of people promised jobs abroad but it turns out to be false How can we then change the narrative behind irregular migration to say that Nigerians can only be engaged legally abroad It seems so hard but it can be done With your focus on the issue and also your preparation of a policy document is it certain we can ensure regular migration A lot of people migrate in search of greener pasture through jobs but it turns out to be a tragedy and frustration So we believe that by working with you and with other EU countries regular migration is achievable she said She expressed appreciation to the ILO team specifically handling migration and assured it that the commission would work collaboratively with it to sensitise citizens to the virtues of regular migration We also count on you and your expertise which will help us develop our own structure ways and means to ensure that a diaspora is a person who is residing in another country legitimately and who has lived abroad over the years and has an address So we need more of such in diasporas than the negative part she said Speaking earlier ILO Adviser Ms Kejer said that the organisation was working closely with migration experts with assistance from the European Union EU and other partners with a view to tackling the issue of irregular migration ILO is working to address the issue of irregular migration supported by our partners such as the EU and other partners The project I am working on is to address the issue and also promote regular migration and opportunities The project is at the same time helping to raise awareness about the hazards of irregular migration of trusting any agent or anybody who tells you that they have a job for you somewhere We know that the awareness raising has been going on in Nigeria and in other countries for a long time now but you still find out that people are desperately looking for jobs outside this country just to find out it is false We all know the consequences of this So we are here to help Nigeria and also other ECOWAS member states to work on the challenges in an effective way she said According to her the challenge that Africa has and Nigeria in particular has is that the economy has not developed enough jobs for the youth She added that it was for that reason that many developed the interest to migrate to other climes notwithstanding the repercussions She said it was that narrative that ILO seeks to change in line with its labour and employment mandates to address the challenge Speaking also ILO Consultant Panziga said that he was working on a labour and migration related project that would explore how migrant workers skills could be developed further Panziga added that the visit by the ILO delegation was to have an understanding of the commission s plans toward helping diasporas to progress and creating a link between such persons living abroad and their country of origin so that they could contribute to its development We want to see which way the skills development can improve migrants growth So this exchange of information that we received from the chairperson of NIDCOM will be vital and will be incorporated in our policy document that will be produced soon he said Edited By Emmanuel Yashim
    NIDCOM chief seeks collaboration with ILO to tackle irregular migration
     Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM has called for collaboration between it and the International Labour Organisation ILO with a view to addressing the challenges of irregular migration Chairman CEO of NIDCOM Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa called for the collaboration when she received in her office in Abuja a three man delegation from ILO comprising Ms Lotte Kejer Chief Technical Adviser CTA on Labour Migration Francesco Panziga ILO Consultant and Iskandar Kholov ILO Technical Officer According to the NIDCOM chairman the issue of migration has been at the forefront of discourse and has led to a situation where many Nigerians are tricked into believing that job opportunities awaited them abroad only to end up defrauded Nigeria News Agency reports that migration is often associated with poverty but other factors also drive the phenomenon including youth unemployment climate change and urbanization Employment seeking migration accounts for the biggest share of intraregional mobility as youths migrate from one country to another looking for better job opportunities Dabiri Erewa said So how can we make irregular migration regular You have a lot of people promised jobs abroad but it turns out to be false How can we then change the narrative behind irregular migration to say that Nigerians can only be engaged legally abroad It seems so hard but it can be done With your focus on the issue and also your preparation of a policy document is it certain we can ensure regular migration A lot of people migrate in search of greener pasture through jobs but it turns out to be a tragedy and frustration So we believe that by working with you and with other EU countries regular migration is achievable she said She expressed appreciation to the ILO team specifically handling migration and assured it that the commission would work collaboratively with it to sensitise citizens to the virtues of regular migration We also count on you and your expertise which will help us develop our own structure ways and means to ensure that a diaspora is a person who is residing in another country legitimately and who has lived abroad over the years and has an address So we need more of such in diasporas than the negative part she said Speaking earlier ILO Adviser Ms Kejer said that the organisation was working closely with migration experts with assistance from the European Union EU and other partners with a view to tackling the issue of irregular migration ILO is working to address the issue of irregular migration supported by our partners such as the EU and other partners The project I am working on is to address the issue and also promote regular migration and opportunities The project is at the same time helping to raise awareness about the hazards of irregular migration of trusting any agent or anybody who tells you that they have a job for you somewhere We know that the awareness raising has been going on in Nigeria and in other countries for a long time now but you still find out that people are desperately looking for jobs outside this country just to find out it is false We all know the consequences of this So we are here to help Nigeria and also other ECOWAS member states to work on the challenges in an effective way she said According to her the challenge that Africa has and Nigeria in particular has is that the economy has not developed enough jobs for the youth She added that it was for that reason that many developed the interest to migrate to other climes notwithstanding the repercussions She said it was that narrative that ILO seeks to change in line with its labour and employment mandates to address the challenge Speaking also ILO Consultant Panziga said that he was working on a labour and migration related project that would explore how migrant workers skills could be developed further Panziga added that the visit by the ILO delegation was to have an understanding of the commission s plans toward helping diasporas to progress and creating a link between such persons living abroad and their country of origin so that they could contribute to its development We want to see which way the skills development can improve migrants growth So this exchange of information that we received from the chairperson of NIDCOM will be vital and will be incorporated in our policy document that will be produced soon he said Edited By Emmanuel Yashim
    NIDCOM chief seeks collaboration with ILO to tackle irregular migration
    Foreign3 years ago

    NIDCOM chief seeks collaboration with ILO to tackle irregular migration

    Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has called for collaboration between it and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) with a view to addressing the challenges of irregular migration.

    Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa called for the collaboration when she received in her office in Abuja, a three-man delegation from ILO comprising Ms Lotte Kejer, Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) on  Labour Migration, Francesco Panziga, ILO Consultant, and Iskandar Kholov, ILO Technical Officer.

    According to the NIDCOM chairman, the issue of migration has been at the forefront of discourse and has led to a situation where many Nigerians are tricked into believing that job opportunities awaited them abroad only to end up defrauded.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that migration is often associated with poverty, but other factors also drive the phenomenon, including youth unemployment, climate change and urbanization.

    Employment-seeking migration accounts for the biggest share of intraregional mobility as youths migrate from one country to another looking for better job opportunities.

    Dabiri-Erewa said: “So how can we make irregular migration regular?  You have a lot of people promised jobs abroad but it turns out to be false.

    “How can we then change the narrative behind irregular migration to say that Nigerians can only be engaged legally abroad?

    “It seems so hard but it can be done.

    “With your focus on the issue and also your preparation of a policy document is it certain we can ensure regular migration.

    “A lot of people migrate in search of `greener pasture’ through jobs but it turns out to be a tragedy and frustration.

    “So, we believe that by working with you and with other EU countries, regular migration is achievable,’’ she said.

    She expressed appreciation to the ILO team specifically handling migration and assured it that the commission would work collaboratively with it to sensitise citizens to the virtues of regular migration.

    “ We also count on you and your expertise which will help us develop our own structure, ways and means to ensure that a diaspora is a person who is residing in another country legitimately and who has lived abroad over the years and has an address.

    “So we need more of such in diasporas than the negative part,’’ she said.

    Speaking earlier, ILO Adviser Ms Kejer said that the organisation was working closely with migration experts with assistance from the European Union (EU) and other partners with a view to tackling the issue of irregular migration.

    “ILO is working to address the issue of irregular migration supported by our partners such as the EU and other partners.

    “The project I am working on is to address the issue and also promote regular migration and opportunities.

    “The project is at the same time helping to raise awareness about the hazards of irregular migration, of trusting any agent or anybody who tells you that they have a job for you somewhere.

    “We know that the awareness-raising has been going on in Nigeria and in other countries for a long time now but you still find out that people are desperately looking for jobs outside this country just to find out it is false.

    “We all know the consequences of this. So we are here to help Nigeria and also other ECOWAS member states to work on the challenges in an effective way,’’ she said.

    According to her, the challenge that Africa has and Nigeria, in particular, has, is that the economy has not developed enough jobs for the youth.

    She added that it was for that reason that many developed the interest to migrate to other climes notwithstanding the repercussions.

    She said it was that narrative that ILO “seeks to change” in line with its labour and employment mandates to address the challenge.

    Speaking also, ILO Consultant Panziga said that he was working on a labour and migration-related project that would explore how migrant workers’ skills could be developed further.

    Panziga added that the visit by the ILO delegation was to have an understanding of the commission’s plans toward helping diasporas to progress and creating a link between such persons living abroad and their country of origin so that they could contribute to its development.

    “We want to see which way the skills development can improve migrants’ growth.

    “So this exchange of information that we received from the chairperson of NIDCOM will be vital and will be incorporated in our policy document that will be produced soon,’’ he said.


    Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim

  •  The International Labour Organisation ILO says insufficient paid work affects almost half a billion people in the world Mr Guy Ryder ILO Director General disclosed this in the latest edition of the ILO s World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2020 WESO report made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja According to him lack of decent work combined with rising unemployment and persisting inequality is making it increasingly difficult for people to build better lives through their work Almost half a billion people are working fewer paid hours than they will like or lack adequate access to paid work In addition the report shows that unemployment is projected to increase by around 2 5 million in 2020 Global unemployment has been roughly stable for the last nine years but slowing global economic growth means that as the global labour force increases not enough new jobs are being generated to absorb new entrants to the labour market For millions of ordinary people it is increasingly difficult to build better lives through work he said Ryder noted that persisting and substantial work related inequalities and exclusion were preventing them from finding decent work and better futures He added that this is an extremely serious finding that has profound and worrying implications for social cohesion For millions of ordinary people it is increasingly difficult to build better lives through work he said The ILO director general also said the WESO report showed that the mismatch between labour supply and demand extends beyond unemployment into broader labour under utilisation He further said that in total more than 470 million people worldwide were affected and called on all to tackle labour market inequalities and gaps in order to have access to decent work Mr Stefan K hn lead author of the report cautioned that intensifying trade restrictions and protectionism could have a significant impact on employment both directly and indirectly According to him a cursory look at economic growth showed that the current pace and form of growth was hampering efforts to reduce poverty and improve working conditions in low income countries Edited by Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin
    Insufficient paid work affects half a billion people, ILO report says
     The International Labour Organisation ILO says insufficient paid work affects almost half a billion people in the world Mr Guy Ryder ILO Director General disclosed this in the latest edition of the ILO s World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2020 WESO report made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja According to him lack of decent work combined with rising unemployment and persisting inequality is making it increasingly difficult for people to build better lives through their work Almost half a billion people are working fewer paid hours than they will like or lack adequate access to paid work In addition the report shows that unemployment is projected to increase by around 2 5 million in 2020 Global unemployment has been roughly stable for the last nine years but slowing global economic growth means that as the global labour force increases not enough new jobs are being generated to absorb new entrants to the labour market For millions of ordinary people it is increasingly difficult to build better lives through work he said Ryder noted that persisting and substantial work related inequalities and exclusion were preventing them from finding decent work and better futures He added that this is an extremely serious finding that has profound and worrying implications for social cohesion For millions of ordinary people it is increasingly difficult to build better lives through work he said The ILO director general also said the WESO report showed that the mismatch between labour supply and demand extends beyond unemployment into broader labour under utilisation He further said that in total more than 470 million people worldwide were affected and called on all to tackle labour market inequalities and gaps in order to have access to decent work Mr Stefan K hn lead author of the report cautioned that intensifying trade restrictions and protectionism could have a significant impact on employment both directly and indirectly According to him a cursory look at economic growth showed that the current pace and form of growth was hampering efforts to reduce poverty and improve working conditions in low income countries Edited by Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin
    Insufficient paid work affects half a billion people, ILO report says
    General news3 years ago

    Insufficient paid work affects half a billion people, ILO report says

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO), says insufficient paid work affects almost half a billion people in the world.

    Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, disclosed this in the latest edition of the ILO”s World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2020 (WESO), report made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

    According to him, lack of decent work combined with rising unemployment and persisting inequality is making it increasingly difficult for people to build better lives through their work.

    “Almost half a billion people are working fewer paid hours than they will like or lack adequate access to paid work. In addition, the report shows that unemployment is projected to increase by around 2.5 million in 2020.

    ” Global unemployment has been roughly stable for the last nine years but slowing global economic growth means that, as the global labour force increases, not enough new jobs are being generated to absorb new entrants to the labour market.

    “For millions of ordinary people, it is increasingly difficult to build better lives through work,” he said.

    Ryder noted that persisting and substantial work-related inequalities and exclusion were preventing them from finding decent work and better futures.

    He added that this is an extremely serious finding that has profound and worrying implications for social cohesion.

    “For millions of ordinary people, it is increasingly difficult to build better lives through work,” he said.

    The ILO director general also said the WESO report showed that the mismatch between labour supply and demand extends beyond unemployment into broader labour under-utilisation.

    He further said that in total, more than 470 million people worldwide were affected, and called on all to tackle labour market inequalities and gaps in order to have access to decent work.

    Mr Stefan Kühn, lead author of the report, cautioned that intensifying trade restrictions and protectionism could have a significant impact on employment, both directly and indirectly.

    According to him, a cursory look at economic growth showed that the current pace and form of growth was hampering efforts to reduce poverty and improve working conditions in low-income countries.  



    Edited by: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin

  •  The Federal Government says it is poised to promote healthy working conditions for Nigerian workers in line with International Labour Organisation ILO Standards Mr William Alo Permanent Secretary Ministry of Labour and Employment said this in an address at a two day Practical Workshop on Report Rendition on the Application of Unratified Conventions and Recommendations held in Abuja Mr Charles Akpan Deputy Director Head of Press in the ministry said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja Akpan quoted Alo as saying This administration recognises that a stable and harmonious industrial relation climate and decent work for all is critical instrument for the realisation of the goal and targets of the 2020 Sustainable Development Goals SDGs This is in term of creating more jobs improving livelihoods and ensuring sustainable development in Nigeria He said that in 2018 and 2019 the country was able to clear up back log of reports due on Ratified and Unratified Conventions within the specified period as expected He said that it was therefore the ministry s plan to ensure that report on Unratified Conventions was submitted as at when due Alo said that the workshop was centered on Report Rendition on the Application of Unratified Conventions and Recommendations This is in line with the ILO Article 19 which provides that member states should in respect of such conventions and recommendations not ratified report to the Director General of the ILO office at appropriate intervals as requested by the governing body The position of the law and practice of the federation and its constituent states provinces and cantons in regard to the conventions That is showing the extent to which effort has been given or is proposed to be given to any of the provision of the conventions by legislation administrative action collective agreement or otherwise he said Edited By Ali Baba Inuwa
    FG promises to promote healthy working condition
     The Federal Government says it is poised to promote healthy working conditions for Nigerian workers in line with International Labour Organisation ILO Standards Mr William Alo Permanent Secretary Ministry of Labour and Employment said this in an address at a two day Practical Workshop on Report Rendition on the Application of Unratified Conventions and Recommendations held in Abuja Mr Charles Akpan Deputy Director Head of Press in the ministry said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja Akpan quoted Alo as saying This administration recognises that a stable and harmonious industrial relation climate and decent work for all is critical instrument for the realisation of the goal and targets of the 2020 Sustainable Development Goals SDGs This is in term of creating more jobs improving livelihoods and ensuring sustainable development in Nigeria He said that in 2018 and 2019 the country was able to clear up back log of reports due on Ratified and Unratified Conventions within the specified period as expected He said that it was therefore the ministry s plan to ensure that report on Unratified Conventions was submitted as at when due Alo said that the workshop was centered on Report Rendition on the Application of Unratified Conventions and Recommendations This is in line with the ILO Article 19 which provides that member states should in respect of such conventions and recommendations not ratified report to the Director General of the ILO office at appropriate intervals as requested by the governing body The position of the law and practice of the federation and its constituent states provinces and cantons in regard to the conventions That is showing the extent to which effort has been given or is proposed to be given to any of the provision of the conventions by legislation administrative action collective agreement or otherwise he said Edited By Ali Baba Inuwa
    FG promises to promote healthy working condition
    General news3 years ago

    FG promises to promote healthy working condition

    The Federal Government says it is poised to promote healthy working conditions for Nigerian workers in line with International Labour Organisation (ILO) Standards.

    Mr William Alo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment said this in an address at a two-day Practical Workshop on Report Rendition on the Application of Unratified Conventions and Recommendations held in Abuja.

    Mr Charles Akpan, Deputy Director/Head of Press in the ministry said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

    Akpan quoted Alo as saying: “This administration recognises that a stable and harmonious industrial relation climate and decent work for all, is critical instrument for the realisation of the goal and targets of the 2020 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    “This is in term of creating more jobs, improving livelihoods and ensuring sustainable development in Nigeria.”

    He said that, in 2018 and 2019 the country was able to clear up back-log of reports due on Ratified and Unratified Conventions within the specified period as expected.

    He said that it was therefore the ministry’s plan, to ensure that report on Unratified Conventions was submitted as at when due.

    Alo said that the workshop was centered on Report Rendition on the Application of Unratified Conventions and Recommendations.

    “This is in line with the ILO Article 19, which provides that member states should in respect of such conventions and recommendations not ratified report to the Director General of the ILO office at appropriate intervals as requested by the governing body.

    “The position of the law and practice of the federation and its constituent states, provinces and cantons in regard to the conventions.

    “That is showing the extent to which effort has been given, or is proposed to be given, to any of the provision of the conventions by legislation, administrative action, collective agreement or otherwise,” he said.


    Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa

     

     

  •   A ground breaking study reveals that seven in 10 workers are self employed or in small businesses a finding that has significant implications for employment and enterprise support policies world wide According to the new International Labour Organisation ILO estimates self employment micro and small enterprises play a far more important role in providing jobs than previously believed The Data gathered in 99 countries found that the so called small economic units together account for 70 per cent of total employment making them by far the most important drivers of employment The findings have highly relevant implications for policies and programmes on job creation job quality start ups enterprise productivity and job formalisation which the report says need to focus more on these small economic units The study also found that an average of 62 per cent of employment in these 99 countries is in the informal sector where working conditions in general tend to be inferior i e a lack of social security lower wages poor occupational safety and health and weaker industrial relations The informality level varies widely ranging from more than 90 per cent in Benin Cote d Ivoire and Madagascar to less than five per cent in Austria Belgium Brunei Darussalam and Switzerland The information is published in a new ILO report Small matters Global evidence on the contribution to employment by the self employed micro enterprises and SMEs The report finds that in high income countries 58 per cent of total employment is in small economic units while in low and middle income countries the proportion is considerably higher In countries with the lowest income levels the proportion of employment in small economic units is almost 100 per cent the report says ILO estimates draw on national household and labour force surveys gathered in all regions except North America rather than using the more traditional source of enterprise surveys that tend to have more limited scope To the best of our knowledge this is the first time that the employment contribution of so called small economic units has been estimated in comparative terms for such a large group of countries particularly low and middle income countries said Dragan Radic Head of the ILO s Small and Medium Enterprises Unit The report advises that supporting small economic units should be a central part of economic and social development strategies It highlights the importance of creating an enabling environment for such businesses ensuring that they have effective representation and that social dialogue models also work for them Other recommendations include understanding how enterprise productivity is shaped by a wider ecosystem facilitating access to finance and markets advancing women s entrepreneurship and encouraging the transition towards the formal economy and environmental sustainability
    7 in 10 workers are self-employed -ILO report
      A ground breaking study reveals that seven in 10 workers are self employed or in small businesses a finding that has significant implications for employment and enterprise support policies world wide According to the new International Labour Organisation ILO estimates self employment micro and small enterprises play a far more important role in providing jobs than previously believed The Data gathered in 99 countries found that the so called small economic units together account for 70 per cent of total employment making them by far the most important drivers of employment The findings have highly relevant implications for policies and programmes on job creation job quality start ups enterprise productivity and job formalisation which the report says need to focus more on these small economic units The study also found that an average of 62 per cent of employment in these 99 countries is in the informal sector where working conditions in general tend to be inferior i e a lack of social security lower wages poor occupational safety and health and weaker industrial relations The informality level varies widely ranging from more than 90 per cent in Benin Cote d Ivoire and Madagascar to less than five per cent in Austria Belgium Brunei Darussalam and Switzerland The information is published in a new ILO report Small matters Global evidence on the contribution to employment by the self employed micro enterprises and SMEs The report finds that in high income countries 58 per cent of total employment is in small economic units while in low and middle income countries the proportion is considerably higher In countries with the lowest income levels the proportion of employment in small economic units is almost 100 per cent the report says ILO estimates draw on national household and labour force surveys gathered in all regions except North America rather than using the more traditional source of enterprise surveys that tend to have more limited scope To the best of our knowledge this is the first time that the employment contribution of so called small economic units has been estimated in comparative terms for such a large group of countries particularly low and middle income countries said Dragan Radic Head of the ILO s Small and Medium Enterprises Unit The report advises that supporting small economic units should be a central part of economic and social development strategies It highlights the importance of creating an enabling environment for such businesses ensuring that they have effective representation and that social dialogue models also work for them Other recommendations include understanding how enterprise productivity is shaped by a wider ecosystem facilitating access to finance and markets advancing women s entrepreneurship and encouraging the transition towards the formal economy and environmental sustainability
    7 in 10 workers are self-employed -ILO report
    General news3 years ago

    7 in 10 workers are self-employed -ILO report

    A ground-breaking study reveals that seven in 10 workers are self-employed or in small businesses, a finding that has significant implications for employment and enterprise support policies world-wide.

    According to the new International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates, self-employment, micro and small enterprises play a far more important role in providing jobs than previously believed.

    The Data, gathered in 99 countries, found that the so-called ‘small economic units’ together account for 70 per cent of total employment, making them by far the most important drivers of employment.

    The findings have “highly relevant” implications for policies and programmes on job creation, job quality, start-ups, enterprise productivity and job formalisation, which, the report says, need to focus more on these small economic units.

    The study also found that an average of 62 per cent of employment in these 99 countries is in the informal sector, where working conditions in general tend to be inferior, (i.e. a lack of social security, lower wages, poor occupational safety and health and weaker industrial relations).

    The informality level varies widely, ranging from more than 90 per cent in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and Madagascar to less than five per cent in Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam and Switzerland.

    The information is published in a new ILO report, Small matters: Global evidence on the contribution to employment by the self-employed, micro-enterprises and SMEs.

    The report finds that in high-income countries, 58 per cent of total employment is in small economic units, while in low and middle-income countries, the proportion is considerably higher.

    In countries with the lowest income levels, the proportion of employment in small economic units is almost 100 per cent, the report says.

    ILO estimates draw on national household and labour force surveys, gathered in all regions except North America, rather than using the more traditional source of enterprise surveys that tend to have more limited scope.

    “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the employment contribution of so-called small economic units has been estimated, in comparative terms, for such a large group of countries, particularly low and middle income countries,” said Dragan Radic, Head of the ILO’s Small and Medium Enterprises Unit.

    The report advises that supporting small economic units should be a central part of economic and social development strategies.

    It highlights the importance of creating an enabling environment for such businesses, ensuring that they have effective representation and that social dialogue models also work for them.

    Other recommendations include understanding how enterprise productivity is shaped by a wider “ecosystem“, facilitating access to finance and markets, advancing women’s entrepreneurship, and encouraging the transition towards the formal economy and environmental sustainability.

  •   South Africa s Department of Labour on Wednesday said it had put on hold the signing of an employment policy designed by the International Labour Organisation ILO South Africa opts for developing its national employment policy before ratifying the ILO s Employment Policy Convention 122 the department said The department said the decision was based on an agreement among social partners of the South African National Economic Development and Labour Council NEDLAC The council is in favour of developing the country s national labour policy first department spokesperson Teboho Thejane said The NEDLAC is the vehicle by which the government labour business and community organisations cooperate through problem solving and negotiation on economic labour and development issues facing the country The issues include the high unemployment which currently stands at more than 27 per cent Convention 122 requires national employment policy to be positioned as a major goal within the national agenda It calls upon ratifying member states to promote and engage in genuine tripartite consultations among the government labour and business on employment policies Upon ratification South Africa would be called upon to report regularly on the effect given to its provisions and be required to provide detailed statistical information disaggregated by age and sex on the labour market and on employment trends in the country South Africa has conducted a gap analysis which was aimed at assessing the country to evaluate the efforts needed in order to be in compliance with the IOL convention The gap analysis found that South Africa s current legislation such as Employment Services Act of 2014 and policy frameworks such as the New Growth Path of 2011 This also includes the National Development Plan of 2012 consistent with the provision of Convention 122 said Thejane The convention has been signed by 113 countries 24 of which are in Africa ILO s employment instrument specialist Anna Torriente said Convention 122 is flexible in that it allows the country to analyse its own situation identify gaps and implement its own labour market policy measures to deal with employment Edited by Fatima Sule Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    S/Africa postpones ratifying ILO’s employment policy
      South Africa s Department of Labour on Wednesday said it had put on hold the signing of an employment policy designed by the International Labour Organisation ILO South Africa opts for developing its national employment policy before ratifying the ILO s Employment Policy Convention 122 the department said The department said the decision was based on an agreement among social partners of the South African National Economic Development and Labour Council NEDLAC The council is in favour of developing the country s national labour policy first department spokesperson Teboho Thejane said The NEDLAC is the vehicle by which the government labour business and community organisations cooperate through problem solving and negotiation on economic labour and development issues facing the country The issues include the high unemployment which currently stands at more than 27 per cent Convention 122 requires national employment policy to be positioned as a major goal within the national agenda It calls upon ratifying member states to promote and engage in genuine tripartite consultations among the government labour and business on employment policies Upon ratification South Africa would be called upon to report regularly on the effect given to its provisions and be required to provide detailed statistical information disaggregated by age and sex on the labour market and on employment trends in the country South Africa has conducted a gap analysis which was aimed at assessing the country to evaluate the efforts needed in order to be in compliance with the IOL convention The gap analysis found that South Africa s current legislation such as Employment Services Act of 2014 and policy frameworks such as the New Growth Path of 2011 This also includes the National Development Plan of 2012 consistent with the provision of Convention 122 said Thejane The convention has been signed by 113 countries 24 of which are in Africa ILO s employment instrument specialist Anna Torriente said Convention 122 is flexible in that it allows the country to analyse its own situation identify gaps and implement its own labour market policy measures to deal with employment Edited by Fatima Sule Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    S/Africa postpones ratifying ILO’s employment policy
    Foreign4 years ago

    S/Africa postpones ratifying ILO’s employment policy

    South Africa’s Department of Labour on Wednesday said it had put on hold the signing of an employment policy designed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

    South Africa opts for developing its national employment policy before ratifying the ILO’s Employment Policy Convention 122, the department said.

    The department said the decision was based on an agreement among social partners of the South African National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC).

    The council is in favour of developing the country’s national labour policy first, department spokesperson, Teboho Thejane, said.

    The NEDLAC is the vehicle by which the government, labour, business and community organisations cooperate through problem-solving and negotiation on economic, labour and development issues facing the country.

    The issues include the high unemployment which currently stands at more than 27 per cent.

    Convention 122 requires national employment policy to be positioned as a major goal within the national agenda.

    It calls upon ratifying member states to promote and engage in genuine tripartite consultations among the government, labour and business on employment policies.

    Upon ratification, South Africa would be called upon to report regularly on the effect given to its provisions and be required to provide detailed statistical information, disaggregated by age and sex, on the labour market and on employment trends in the country.

    South Africa has conducted a gap analysis which was aimed at assessing the country to evaluate the efforts needed in order to be in compliance with the IOL convention.

    The gap analysis found that South Africa’s current legislation such as Employment Services Act of 2014, and policy frameworks such as the New Growth Path of 2011.

    This also includes the National Development Plan of 2012 consistent with the provision of Convention 122, said Thejane.

    The convention has been signed by 113 countries, 24 of which are in Africa.

    ILO’s employment instrument specialist Anna Torriente said Convention 122 is flexible in that it allows the country to analyse its own situation, identify gaps and implement its own labour market policy measures to deal with employment.

    Edited by: Fatima Sule/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    (NAN)

  •  The UN labour agency on Thursday urged Africa s government private sector trade unions to develop joint strategy to increase supply of decent jobs in order to reduce unemployment Susana Puerto Senior Youth Employment Specialist who stated this at the International Labour Organisation ILO forum in Nairobi said that a bulk of African youth were working in informal sectors of the economy We are therefore calling for a joint strategy to be developed by all key stakeholders that will ensure Africa youths have access to formal jobs said Puerto Puerto said that in spite of broad perceptions unemployment levels in sub Saharan Africa are approximately 12 per cent She added that sub Saharan Africa had relatively high employment levels because the youth have to make a living and therefore do any jobs that are available As a result most of the youth are in the informal sector which is characterised by low productivity and lack of social protection she noted The ILO official rooted for the academic institutions to train students with skills that employers are seeking in order to boost employment rates Puerto said that the large informal sector means wasted potential for the millions of youth who eke out a living from that sector There is therefore need for strategy to help the African labour force transit to the formal sectors she added Njuguna Ndung u Executive Director of African Economic Research Consortium said that youth employment remains one of the most urgent challenges for policy makers in Africa Ndung u said that the number of young people who join the labour force annually exceeds the rate at which stable wage paying jobs are created He noted that harnessing the potential of Africa s youth continues to be at the forefront of government and donor agendas Edited by Fatima Sule Donald Ugwu NAN
    UN urges Africa to develop joint strategy to reduce unemployment
     The UN labour agency on Thursday urged Africa s government private sector trade unions to develop joint strategy to increase supply of decent jobs in order to reduce unemployment Susana Puerto Senior Youth Employment Specialist who stated this at the International Labour Organisation ILO forum in Nairobi said that a bulk of African youth were working in informal sectors of the economy We are therefore calling for a joint strategy to be developed by all key stakeholders that will ensure Africa youths have access to formal jobs said Puerto Puerto said that in spite of broad perceptions unemployment levels in sub Saharan Africa are approximately 12 per cent She added that sub Saharan Africa had relatively high employment levels because the youth have to make a living and therefore do any jobs that are available As a result most of the youth are in the informal sector which is characterised by low productivity and lack of social protection she noted The ILO official rooted for the academic institutions to train students with skills that employers are seeking in order to boost employment rates Puerto said that the large informal sector means wasted potential for the millions of youth who eke out a living from that sector There is therefore need for strategy to help the African labour force transit to the formal sectors she added Njuguna Ndung u Executive Director of African Economic Research Consortium said that youth employment remains one of the most urgent challenges for policy makers in Africa Ndung u said that the number of young people who join the labour force annually exceeds the rate at which stable wage paying jobs are created He noted that harnessing the potential of Africa s youth continues to be at the forefront of government and donor agendas Edited by Fatima Sule Donald Ugwu NAN
    UN urges Africa to develop joint strategy to reduce unemployment
    Foreign4 years ago

    UN urges Africa to develop joint strategy to reduce unemployment

    The UN labour agency on Thursday urged Africa’s government, private sector, trade unions to develop joint strategy to increase supply of decent jobs in order to reduce unemployment.Susana Puerto, Senior Youth Employment Specialist, who stated this at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) forum in Nairobi said that a bulk of African youth were working in informal sectors of the economy.“We are, therefore, calling for a joint strategy to be developed by all key stakeholders that will ensure Africa youths have access to formal jobs,” said Puerto.Puerto said that in spite of broad perceptions, unemployment levels in sub-Saharan Africa are approximately 12 per cent.She added that sub-Saharan Africa had relatively high employment levels because the youth have to make a living and, therefore, do any jobs that are available.“As a result, most of the youth are in the informal sector which is characterised by low productivity and lack of social protection,” she noted.The ILO official rooted for the academic institutions to train students with skills that employers are seeking in order to boost employment rates.Puerto said that the large informal sector means wasted potential for the millions of youth, who eke out a living from that sector.“There is, therefore, need for strategy to help the African labour force transit to the formal sectors,” she added.Njuguna Ndung’u, Executive Director of African Economic Research Consortium, said that youth employment remains one of the most urgent challenges for policy makers in Africa.Ndung’u said that the number of young people, who join the labour force annually exceeds the rate at which stable wage paying jobs are created.He noted that harnessing the potential of Africa’s youth continues to be at the forefront of government and donor agendas.Edited by: Fatima Sule/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

  •   The International Labour Organisation ILO has tasked ECOWAS to make education the foundation of its regional development agenda Mr Dennis Zulu Director International Labour Organisation ILO Country Office for Nigeria Ghana Liberia and Sierra Leone said this at a ministerial meeting on the Child Policy and Plan of Action in Abuja on Friday Zulu urged policy makers and other stakeholders to effectively address multiple barriers faced by children particularly girls in accessing education Education must be the foundation for ECOWAS development agenda education empowers children across the region and helps them achieve their maximum potential Research shows that the rate of child or forced marriage is highest among girls with little or no formal education schools create protective environments against child marriage he said He said that forced labour and child marriage were development humanitarian and security challenges that required concerted efforts to eliminate All West African governments can develop and implement national action plans to end child labour and child marriages and support girls who are already married he said President of the ECOWAS Commission Mr Jean Claude Brou also charged member states on the implementation of the reviewed Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action Brou represented by Dr Siga Jagne Commissioner Social Affairs and Gender said the reviewed policy and action plan was aimed at tackling issues relating to the vulnerabilities of children and end child marriage He said that emerging challenges in the region necessitated the need for the commission to examine review and develop a new child policy and plan of action He added that the commission was able to formulate a declaration and roadmap to prevent and respond to child marriage The ECOWAS Commission is committed to prioritising mobilising and allocating the necessary resources to address the multifaceted issues affecting children in West Africa The ECOWAS management is placing emphasis on coordinated approach and implementation between the departments to leverage and scale up our interventions he said He further called on participants to consider the frameworks as a resource and guide to be implemented based on local priorities Ms Marie Pierre Poirier Regional Director United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF West and Central Africa said the review would present a platform to scale up action on the regional child rights agenda The regional director was represented by Mr Mohamed Fall UNICEF Nigeria Representative Poirier also urged member states to increase investments in girls education and strategic child rights outlined in the Child Policy to facilitate regional development The Nigeria News Agency reports that the ministers would endorse the reviewed documents which would be presented to the Council of Ministers and the Authority of Heads of State and Government NAN also reports that the reviewed ECOWAS Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action would cover the period of 2019 to 2023 Edited by Julius Toba Jegede NAN
    ILO tasks ECOWAS on making education foundation of region agenda
      The International Labour Organisation ILO has tasked ECOWAS to make education the foundation of its regional development agenda Mr Dennis Zulu Director International Labour Organisation ILO Country Office for Nigeria Ghana Liberia and Sierra Leone said this at a ministerial meeting on the Child Policy and Plan of Action in Abuja on Friday Zulu urged policy makers and other stakeholders to effectively address multiple barriers faced by children particularly girls in accessing education Education must be the foundation for ECOWAS development agenda education empowers children across the region and helps them achieve their maximum potential Research shows that the rate of child or forced marriage is highest among girls with little or no formal education schools create protective environments against child marriage he said He said that forced labour and child marriage were development humanitarian and security challenges that required concerted efforts to eliminate All West African governments can develop and implement national action plans to end child labour and child marriages and support girls who are already married he said President of the ECOWAS Commission Mr Jean Claude Brou also charged member states on the implementation of the reviewed Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action Brou represented by Dr Siga Jagne Commissioner Social Affairs and Gender said the reviewed policy and action plan was aimed at tackling issues relating to the vulnerabilities of children and end child marriage He said that emerging challenges in the region necessitated the need for the commission to examine review and develop a new child policy and plan of action He added that the commission was able to formulate a declaration and roadmap to prevent and respond to child marriage The ECOWAS Commission is committed to prioritising mobilising and allocating the necessary resources to address the multifaceted issues affecting children in West Africa The ECOWAS management is placing emphasis on coordinated approach and implementation between the departments to leverage and scale up our interventions he said He further called on participants to consider the frameworks as a resource and guide to be implemented based on local priorities Ms Marie Pierre Poirier Regional Director United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF West and Central Africa said the review would present a platform to scale up action on the regional child rights agenda The regional director was represented by Mr Mohamed Fall UNICEF Nigeria Representative Poirier also urged member states to increase investments in girls education and strategic child rights outlined in the Child Policy to facilitate regional development The Nigeria News Agency reports that the ministers would endorse the reviewed documents which would be presented to the Council of Ministers and the Authority of Heads of State and Government NAN also reports that the reviewed ECOWAS Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action would cover the period of 2019 to 2023 Edited by Julius Toba Jegede NAN
    ILO tasks ECOWAS on making education foundation of region agenda
    Foreign4 years ago

    ILO tasks ECOWAS on making education foundation of region agenda

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has tasked ECOWAS to make education the foundation of its regional development agenda.

    Mr Dennis Zulu, Director, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Office for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone said this at a ministerial meeting on the Child Policy and Plan of Action in Abuja on Friday.

    Zulu urged policy makers and other stakeholders to effectively address multiple barriers faced by children, particularly girls, in accessing education.

    “Education must be the foundation for ECOWAS development agenda; education empowers children across the region and helps them achieve their maximum potential.

    “Research shows that the rate of child or forced marriage is highest among girls with little or no formal education; schools create protective environments against child marriage,” he said.

    He said that forced labour and child marriage were development, humanitarian and security challenges that required concerted efforts to eliminate.

    “All West African governments can develop and implement national action plans to end child labour and child marriages and support girls who are already married,” he said.

    President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Brou, also charged member states on the implementation of the reviewed Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action.

    Brou represented by Dr Siga Jagne, Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender,  said the reviewed policy and action plan was aimed at tackling issues relating to the vulnerabilities of children and end child marriage.

    He said that emerging challenges in the region necessitated the need for the commission to examine, review and develop a new child policy and plan of action.

    He added that the commission was able to formulate a declaration and roadmap to prevent and respond to child marriage.

    “The ECOWAS Commission is committed to prioritising, mobilising and allocating the necessary resources to address the multifaceted issues affecting children in West Africa.

    “The ECOWAS management is placing emphasis on coordinated approach and implementation between the departments to leverage and scale up our interventions,’’ he said.

    He further called on participants to consider the frameworks as a resource and guide to be implemented based on local priorities.

    Ms Marie-Pierre Poirier, Regional Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), West and Central Africa, said the review would present a platform to scale-up action on the regional child rights agenda.

    The regional director was represented by Mr Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Nigeria Representative.

    Poirier also urged member states to increase investments in girls’ education and strategic child rights outlined in the Child Policy to facilitate regional development.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the ministers would endorse the reviewed documents which would be presented to the Council of Ministers and the Authority of Heads of State and Government.

    NAN also reports that the reviewed ECOWAS Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action would cover the period of 2019 to 2023.

     

    Edited by: Julius Toba-Jegede
    (NAN)

  •  ECOWAS partners to eliminate child marriage in W Africa Policy Abuja Jan 21 2018 ECOWAS says it is set to eliminate child marriage in the region through the validation and implementation of its reviewed Child Policy and Plan of Action Dr Siga Jagne the bloc s commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender said this at an experts validation meeting on the ECOWAS Child Policy in Abuja on Monday Jagne said the previous policy which was based on international frameworks was approved by the Heads of State in 2008 and covered the period of 2009 to 2013 The commissioner said the increasing rate of child marriage in West Africa was unacceptable with the sub region accounting for the highest in Africa and the second highest in the world Indeed six of the 15 ECOWAS countries Niger 76 per cent Mali 55 per cent Burkina Faso 52 per cent Guinea 51 per cent Nigeria 43 per cent Sierra Leone 39 per cent are among the twenty countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world Two ECOWAS countries Nigeria and Niger rank among the 20 countries with the largest absolute number of child marriages in the world While ECOWAS Member States continue to implement measures to end child marriage rates remain very high This also is in spite of the work done at the level of the African Union and the launch of the Campaign in 2014 as well as the commitment of 11 West African Countries to end Early Child Marriage She explained that the review would include the multidimensional issues affecting the rights of the child in West Africa with a focus on the Roadmap on Prevention and Response to Child Marriage Thus the ECOWAS Commission will present to you for validation the Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action and a Roadmap on Prevention and Response to Child Marriage aimed at charting a clear course for the Region in dealing with this issue in the coming years The commissioner urged representatives of member states to scrutinise the texts and consider modalities for implementation at the national and regional levels Mr Hussaini Abdu Country Director PLAN International an NGO said his organisation was working with governments religious and traditional leaders across West Africa to also implement a global programme against child marriage in the region What we are doing across West Africa is what we call 18 which is no child should be married until she is 18 and above Our work is to see how we can work with governments to set up policies and frameworks that will support the process of delegalising child marriage working with traditional leaders of our different communities We are also working with religious leaders who can also help in better interpretation of religious doctrines and work with the girls themselves from their primary through secondary schools and get them to understand their societies Abdu said He also urged member states to collaborate with the organisation to facilitate its efforts in ending early and forced child marriage Mrs Denise Ulwor representative of UNICEF said the review of the ECOWAS Child Policy would be an opportunity to scale up action on the regional child rights agenda Ulwor said the successful implementation in the Plan of Action would contribute to efforts to respond effectively to the challenges children faced in different contexts It is refreshing to see an updated Child Policy with clear and practical framework to improve access to rights and protection for every child in West Africa We in UNICEF are particularly pleased to have provided financial and technical support to see the draft Policy and Plan of Action to fruition We recognise the Child Policy as the main tool supplementing the ECOWAS mandate on child rights she noted Mr David Dorkenno Specialist in Workers Activities International Labour Organisation ILO expressed optimism that the effective implementation of the ECOWAS Child Policy would ensure every child in the region enjoyed their developmental rights The Nigeria News Agency reports that the review of the ECOWAS Child Policy began in 2016 The experts would assess the document before it is presented to the ECOWAS Ministers for adoption The reviewed ECOWAS Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action would cover the period of 2019 to 2023 Edited by Nyisom Dore NAN
    ECOWAS, partners to eliminate child marriage in W/Africa
     ECOWAS partners to eliminate child marriage in W Africa Policy Abuja Jan 21 2018 ECOWAS says it is set to eliminate child marriage in the region through the validation and implementation of its reviewed Child Policy and Plan of Action Dr Siga Jagne the bloc s commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender said this at an experts validation meeting on the ECOWAS Child Policy in Abuja on Monday Jagne said the previous policy which was based on international frameworks was approved by the Heads of State in 2008 and covered the period of 2009 to 2013 The commissioner said the increasing rate of child marriage in West Africa was unacceptable with the sub region accounting for the highest in Africa and the second highest in the world Indeed six of the 15 ECOWAS countries Niger 76 per cent Mali 55 per cent Burkina Faso 52 per cent Guinea 51 per cent Nigeria 43 per cent Sierra Leone 39 per cent are among the twenty countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world Two ECOWAS countries Nigeria and Niger rank among the 20 countries with the largest absolute number of child marriages in the world While ECOWAS Member States continue to implement measures to end child marriage rates remain very high This also is in spite of the work done at the level of the African Union and the launch of the Campaign in 2014 as well as the commitment of 11 West African Countries to end Early Child Marriage She explained that the review would include the multidimensional issues affecting the rights of the child in West Africa with a focus on the Roadmap on Prevention and Response to Child Marriage Thus the ECOWAS Commission will present to you for validation the Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action and a Roadmap on Prevention and Response to Child Marriage aimed at charting a clear course for the Region in dealing with this issue in the coming years The commissioner urged representatives of member states to scrutinise the texts and consider modalities for implementation at the national and regional levels Mr Hussaini Abdu Country Director PLAN International an NGO said his organisation was working with governments religious and traditional leaders across West Africa to also implement a global programme against child marriage in the region What we are doing across West Africa is what we call 18 which is no child should be married until she is 18 and above Our work is to see how we can work with governments to set up policies and frameworks that will support the process of delegalising child marriage working with traditional leaders of our different communities We are also working with religious leaders who can also help in better interpretation of religious doctrines and work with the girls themselves from their primary through secondary schools and get them to understand their societies Abdu said He also urged member states to collaborate with the organisation to facilitate its efforts in ending early and forced child marriage Mrs Denise Ulwor representative of UNICEF said the review of the ECOWAS Child Policy would be an opportunity to scale up action on the regional child rights agenda Ulwor said the successful implementation in the Plan of Action would contribute to efforts to respond effectively to the challenges children faced in different contexts It is refreshing to see an updated Child Policy with clear and practical framework to improve access to rights and protection for every child in West Africa We in UNICEF are particularly pleased to have provided financial and technical support to see the draft Policy and Plan of Action to fruition We recognise the Child Policy as the main tool supplementing the ECOWAS mandate on child rights she noted Mr David Dorkenno Specialist in Workers Activities International Labour Organisation ILO expressed optimism that the effective implementation of the ECOWAS Child Policy would ensure every child in the region enjoyed their developmental rights The Nigeria News Agency reports that the review of the ECOWAS Child Policy began in 2016 The experts would assess the document before it is presented to the ECOWAS Ministers for adoption The reviewed ECOWAS Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action would cover the period of 2019 to 2023 Edited by Nyisom Dore NAN
    ECOWAS, partners to eliminate child marriage in W/Africa
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    ECOWAS, partners to eliminate child marriage in W/Africa

    ECOWAS, partners to eliminate child marriage in W/Africa

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    Abuja, Jan. 21, 2018 ECOWAS says it is set to eliminate child marriage in the region through the validation and implementation of its reviewed Child Policy and Plan of Action.

    Dr Siga Jagne, the bloc’s commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, said this at an experts’ validation meeting on the ECOWAS Child Policy in Abuja, on Monday.

    Jagne said the previous policy, which was based on international frameworks, was approved by the Heads of State in 2008 and covered the period of 2009 to 2013.

    The commissioner said the increasing rate of child marriage in West Africa was unacceptable with the sub region accounting for the highest in Africa and the second highest in the world.

    “Indeed, six of the 15 ECOWAS countries; Niger: 76 per cent, Mali: 55 per cent, Burkina Faso: 52 per cent, Guinea: 51 per cent, Nigeria: 43 per cent, Sierra Leone 39 per cent, are among the twenty countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world.

    “Two ECOWAS countries, Nigeria and Niger, rank among the 20 countries with the largest absolute number of child marriages in the world.”

    “While ECOWAS Member States continue to implement measures to end child marriage, rates remain very high.

    “This also is in spite of the work done at the level of the African Union and the launch of the Campaign in 2014; as well as the commitment of 11 West African Countries to end Early Child Marriage.”

    She explained that the review would include the multidimensional issues affecting the rights of the child in West Africa with a focus on the Roadmap on Prevention and Response to Child Marriage

    .

    “Thus, the ECOWAS Commission, will present to you for validation, the Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action and a Roadmap on Prevention and Response to Child Marriage, aimed at charting a clear course for the Region in dealing with this issue in the coming years.”

    The commissioner urged representatives of member states to scrutinise the texts and consider modalities for implementation at the national and regional levels.

    Mr Hussaini Abdu, Country Director, PLAN International, an NGO, said his organisation was working with governments, religious and traditional leaders across West Africa to also implement a global programme against child marriage in the region.

    “What we are doing across West Africa is what we call 18+; which is no child should be married until she is 18 and above.

    “Our work is to see how we can work with governments to set up policies and frameworks that will support the process of delegalising child marriage, working with traditional leaders of our different communities.

    “We are also working with religious leaders who can also help in better interpretation of religious doctrines and work with the girls themselves, from their primary through secondary schools and get them to understand their societies,’’ Abdu said.

    He also urged member states to collaborate with the organisation to facilitate its efforts in ending early and forced child marriage.

    Mrs Denise Ulwor, representative of UNICEF, said the review of the ECOWAS Child Policy would be an opportunity to scale-up action on the regional child rights agenda.

    Ulwor said the successful implementation in the Plan of Action would contribute to efforts to respond effectively to the challenges children faced in different contexts.

    “It is refreshing to see an updated Child Policy with clear and practical framework to improve access to rights and protection for every child in West Africa.

    “We in UNICEF are particularly pleased to have provided financial and technical support to see the draft Policy and Plan of Action to fruition.

    “We recognise the Child Policy as the main tool supplementing the ECOWAS mandate on child rights,’’ she noted.

    Mr David Dorkenno, Specialist in Workers Activities, International Labour Organisation (ILO) expressed optimism that the effective implementation of the ECOWAS Child Policy would ensure every child in the region enjoyed their developmental rights.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the review of the ECOWAS Child Policy began in 2016.

    The experts would assess the document before it is presented to the ECOWAS Ministers for adoption.

    The reviewed ECOWAS Child Policy and Strategic Plan of Action would cover the period of 2019 to 2023.

    Edited by: Nyisom Dore
    (NAN)

  •  UN General Assembly endorses Global Compact for Migration Endorsement Abuja Dec 20 2018 The UN General Assembly on Wednesday in New York endorsed the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration GCM the UN Network on Migration said in a statement According to the statement the GCM was formally adopted with 152 votes in favour and five against while 12 abstained Welcoming the formal endorsement of the Compact by the General Assembly the Network said the adoption of the GCM represented a landmark moment in the pursuit of international cooperation on migration for the benefit of all The statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja said that Compact s significance also lay in its recognition that effective migration policies and greater protection of the vulnerable required the support of many actors To that end the Compact was strengthened by the engagement of a broad alliance of partners including civil society the private sector trade unions Diaspora and migrant communities national human rights institutions local authorities youth networks and other actors it noted The Compact was adopted on Dec 10 during at the two day Intergovernmental Conference on Migration in Marrakech Morocco NAN reports that the GCM is the first ever negotiated global framework on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions Though non legally binding the Compact is the product of an intensive process of negotiations It provides a strong platform for cooperation on migration now and into the future drawing on best practice and international law to make migration safe and positive for all In her reaction Ms Louise Arbour the Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration said in the statement that the formal endorsement of the Compact represented a resounding commitment to an international migration framework based on fact not myth It is also based on an understanding that national migration policies are best implemented through cooperation not in isolation As the many initiatives proposed by the Compact start to take root we will see lives saved living conditions improve and communities integrate and flourish through increased development and prosperity Looking to the future we will be better equipped to rely on a spirit of solidarity rather than on indifference or worse selfishness that could otherwise tear us apart Similarly Mr Ant nio Vitorino the Director General International Organisation for Migration said The Global Compact comes at an important moment It contains within it the promise of an evidence based less politically charged discourse on migration a plan for developing more comprehensive policies to improve the lives of migrants and the communities in which they live and the possibility to reduce dangerous chaotic and irregular migration flows Vitorino speaking as the Network Coordinator on behalf of its Executive Committee and wider membership described migration as a phenomenon with many dimensions It touches on profound and urgent questions of sustainable development climate change humanitarian crisis border control security fighting trafficking in human beings as well as smuggling fostering means of legal migration including for work and greater protection of our universal human rights No single part of the UN community can effectively address all dimensions of migration but together we have the chance to make a real difference That is what the Network is about he said The United Nations system expressed its commitment to supporting the implementation of the Global Compact through the creation of the UN Network on Migration It is a collaborative community of UN entities coming together to provide effective and coordinated support to member states and other partners in carrying forward the objectives agreed to in Marrakech This Network will leverage the impact of the UN considerable expertise and capacity in helping to strengthen the benefits of migration and to address its many challenges It was established at the request of the secretary general and is welcomed in the GCM It currently comprises 38 entities from within the UN system with an executive committee of eight which provides strategic oversight and is the principal decision making body of the network Members of the Executieve Committee are the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs DESA the International Labour Organisation ILO the International Organisation for Migration IOM and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR Others are UN Development Programme UNDP UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR UN Children s Fund UNICEF and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC Edited by Ejike Obeta NAN
    UN General Assembly endorses Global Compact for Migration
     UN General Assembly endorses Global Compact for Migration Endorsement Abuja Dec 20 2018 The UN General Assembly on Wednesday in New York endorsed the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration GCM the UN Network on Migration said in a statement According to the statement the GCM was formally adopted with 152 votes in favour and five against while 12 abstained Welcoming the formal endorsement of the Compact by the General Assembly the Network said the adoption of the GCM represented a landmark moment in the pursuit of international cooperation on migration for the benefit of all The statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja said that Compact s significance also lay in its recognition that effective migration policies and greater protection of the vulnerable required the support of many actors To that end the Compact was strengthened by the engagement of a broad alliance of partners including civil society the private sector trade unions Diaspora and migrant communities national human rights institutions local authorities youth networks and other actors it noted The Compact was adopted on Dec 10 during at the two day Intergovernmental Conference on Migration in Marrakech Morocco NAN reports that the GCM is the first ever negotiated global framework on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions Though non legally binding the Compact is the product of an intensive process of negotiations It provides a strong platform for cooperation on migration now and into the future drawing on best practice and international law to make migration safe and positive for all In her reaction Ms Louise Arbour the Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration said in the statement that the formal endorsement of the Compact represented a resounding commitment to an international migration framework based on fact not myth It is also based on an understanding that national migration policies are best implemented through cooperation not in isolation As the many initiatives proposed by the Compact start to take root we will see lives saved living conditions improve and communities integrate and flourish through increased development and prosperity Looking to the future we will be better equipped to rely on a spirit of solidarity rather than on indifference or worse selfishness that could otherwise tear us apart Similarly Mr Ant nio Vitorino the Director General International Organisation for Migration said The Global Compact comes at an important moment It contains within it the promise of an evidence based less politically charged discourse on migration a plan for developing more comprehensive policies to improve the lives of migrants and the communities in which they live and the possibility to reduce dangerous chaotic and irregular migration flows Vitorino speaking as the Network Coordinator on behalf of its Executive Committee and wider membership described migration as a phenomenon with many dimensions It touches on profound and urgent questions of sustainable development climate change humanitarian crisis border control security fighting trafficking in human beings as well as smuggling fostering means of legal migration including for work and greater protection of our universal human rights No single part of the UN community can effectively address all dimensions of migration but together we have the chance to make a real difference That is what the Network is about he said The United Nations system expressed its commitment to supporting the implementation of the Global Compact through the creation of the UN Network on Migration It is a collaborative community of UN entities coming together to provide effective and coordinated support to member states and other partners in carrying forward the objectives agreed to in Marrakech This Network will leverage the impact of the UN considerable expertise and capacity in helping to strengthen the benefits of migration and to address its many challenges It was established at the request of the secretary general and is welcomed in the GCM It currently comprises 38 entities from within the UN system with an executive committee of eight which provides strategic oversight and is the principal decision making body of the network Members of the Executieve Committee are the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs DESA the International Labour Organisation ILO the International Organisation for Migration IOM and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR Others are UN Development Programme UNDP UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR UN Children s Fund UNICEF and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC Edited by Ejike Obeta NAN
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    UN General Assembly endorses Global Compact for Migration

    UN General Assembly endorses Global Compact for Migration

    Endorsement

    Abuja, Dec. 20, 2018 The UN General Assembly on Wednesday in New York endorsed the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the UN Network on Migration said in a statement.

    According to the statement, the GCM was formally adopted with 152 votes in favour and five against while 12 abstained.

    Welcoming the formal endorsement of the Compact by the General Assembly, the Network said the adoption of the GCM represented a landmark moment in the pursuit of international cooperation on migration for the benefit of all.

    The statement, made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja, said that Compact’s significance also lay in its recognition that effective migration policies, and greater protection of the vulnerable, required the support of many actors.

    To that end, the Compact was strengthened by the engagement of a broad alliance of partners, including civil society, the private sector, trade unions, Diaspora and migrant communities, national human rights institutions, local authorities, youth networks and other actors, it noted.

    The Compact was adopted on Dec. 10, during at the two-day Intergovernmental Conference on Migration in Marrakech, Morocco.

    NAN reports that the GCM is the first-ever negotiated global framework on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions.

    Though non-legally binding, the Compact is the product of an intensive process of negotiations.

    It provides a strong platform for cooperation on migration now and into the future, drawing on best practice and international law, to make migration safe and positive for all.

    In her reaction, Ms. Louise Arbour, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, said in the statement that the formal endorsement of the Compact represented “a resounding commitment to an international migration framework based on fact, not myth.

    “It is also based on an understanding that national migration policies are best implemented through cooperation not in isolation.

    “As the many initiatives proposed by the Compact start to take root, we will see lives saved, living conditions improve, and communities integrate and flourish through increased development and prosperity.

    “Looking to the future, we will be better equipped to rely on a spirit of solidarity, rather than on indifference or – worse – selfishness that could otherwise tear us apart.”

    Similarly, Mr António Vitorino, the Director-General, International Organisation for Migration, said: “The Global Compact comes at an important moment.

    “It contains within it the promise of an evidence-based less politically charged discourse on migration, a plan for developing more comprehensive policies to improve the lives of migrants and the communities in which they live, and the possibility to reduce dangerous, chaotic and irregular migration flows.”

    Vitorino, speaking as the Network Coordinator on behalf of its Executive Committee and wider membership, described migration as a phenomenon with many dimensions.

    “It touches on profound and urgent questions of sustainable development, climate change, humanitarian crisis, border control, security, fighting trafficking in human beings as well as smuggling, fostering means of legal migration, including for work, and greater protection of our universal human rights.

    “No single part of the UN community can effectively address all dimensions of migration but together, we have the chance to make a real difference. That is what the Network is about,” he said.

    The United Nations system expressed its commitment to supporting the implementation of the Global Compact through the creation of the UN Network on Migration.

    It is a collaborative community of UN entities coming together to provide effective and coordinated support to member-states and other partners in carrying forward the objectives agreed to in Marrakech.

    This Network will leverage the impact of the UN considerable expertise and capacity in helping to strengthen the benefits of migration and to address its many challenges.

    It was established at the request of the secretary-general and is welcomed in the GCM.

    It currently comprises 38 entities from within the UN system with an executive committee of eight which provides strategic oversight and is the principal decision-making body of the network.

    Members of the Executieve Committee are the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

    Others are UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

    Edited by: Ejike Obeta
    (NAN)

     

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