The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has condemned the decision of the leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to report the country to the Committee on the Application of Standard of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).The NLC had written to the committee reporting both Kaduna and Kogi State governments and asking the ILO to send a high powered delegation to Nigeria to investigate infringements on the right of workers.
The report by the NLC against the two states was one of the issues discussed by the Committee on Application of Standard at the just concluded 107th session of the International Labour Organization and the decision of the committee is expected to be ready in November, 2018.
Speaking at the weekend in Geneva, Switzerland, Ngige explained that the retrenchment of unqualified teachers in Kaduna State which the NLC stated in its petition was being tackled at home and should not have been reported to the ILO.
“We don’t need to wash our dirty linen in the public”, Nation quoted him as saying.
“My ministry summoned both the Kaduna State Government and the Nigerian Union of Teachers and they presented their case. We know the truth and don’t need to bring such to the ILO.
“Some of the people disengaged by the Kaduna State Government from the records tendered to us are not qualified teachers. They don’t have the prerequisite certificate, competence.
“They got smuggled into the system but we don’t need to come here tell the world that Nigerians get jobs with fake certificates. We don’t need to engage in such demarketing of the nation.”