By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity, Mr Sulaiman Nazif, has commended parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment for prudent use of limited resources at their disposal for maximal service delivery.
Mr Nazif stated this recently, during the Senate Committee statutory oversight visit to some parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment; Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, National Directorate of Employment and National Productivity Centre.
According to him, “Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment are doing very well and it is our responsibilities as a parliament to support them towards ensuring the development of our dear country.”
Speaking further, he expressed the committee’s readiness to support the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), in its drive to create employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed Nigerian Youths saying, “We are not happy to see that the agencies created to stimulate employment generation is only getting 3 percent of their annual budget we need to look at this issue critically to see how we can improve on their budgetary allocation.”
He added that, “Our major work is job creation, our people are in dire need of employment, and we need to make job creation work for this country. If there is any area you need some amendments to the Act that established NDE, we are here to assist you in that regard for maximum performance.”
Mr Nazif emphasized that the National Assembly takes oversight functions very seriously because of the need to improve the relationship between the parliament and Ministry Department and Agencies, to be acquainted with their objectives. He noted that there is need for unity as the essence of their visit cannot be achieved without the unity of purpose, saying that they must work together so that collectively they can move Nigeria forward.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Permanent Secretary Dr Clement Illoh who was on ground to receive the Senators appreciated the Senate Committee for their resolve to support the Ministry and its Parastatals in the discharge of their mandates.
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