Germany, Canada To Collaborate With NLC On Job Creation Initiatives

Filed in Business by on December 1, 2017

The German and Canadian governments have pledged to collaborate with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on vocational training and skills acquisition.

The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Christopher Thornley, who stated this in Abuja, when he hosted the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, commended the congress for adopting focusing on vocational training for the youth.

He said the trade union movement in Canada has been involved in HIV/AIDS campaign, stressing that it is common knowledge that unemployment has become like an epidemic in the country.

He described the NLC as an important partner in the development of the country, adding that labour economy is a very important source of information for any society.

Receiving the NLC delegation, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Berhard Schlagheck, reiterated the German government readiness to collaborate with the NLC to ensure the development of the country and the trade union movement.

The NLC helmsman said collaboration with Germany and Canada was necessary to curb the high level of migration through the Mediterranean by Nigerian youths seeking better sources of living.

At the Canadian High Commission, Wabba said the congress was committed to working with development partners to explore areas of possible assistance within the context of the current economic challenges, especially in the area of unemployment and vocational training.

Wabba noted that the congress would continue its advocacy in development, pointing out that the congress was playing a leading role on the African Continent in development.

He said the power sector, which is critical to development, has remained a major challenge and sought Canada’s assistance to overcome the challenges, saying since Canada had similar challenges, the congress would want to know how it overcame i.hem

He also canvassed the assistance of the Canadian government in advancing social justice, stressing that in a society where there is lack of social justice, inequality will prevail.

At the German Embassy, Wabba said the congress was ready to learn from Germany how it overcame the problem of unemployment.

He said the congress has been working with German agencies such as the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in developing the capacity of trade union movement in Nigeria.

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