– On behalf of the Nigerian government, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Ngige, has solicited with the Indian government to provide skill acquisition centers in the country.
– The High Commissioner of India has also made it known that India was looking at the possibilities of having a direct flight from Nigeria to India.
The Federal government of Nigeria has solicited a collaboration with the government of India so as to promote Skill Acquisition Centres in the country, with the aim of creating more job opportunities.
The request was made known to the general public on Monday in Abuja by the The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, when he received His Excellency Abhay Thakur, Indian High Commissioner to the country.
In the words of Senator Ngige, “over 5000 Skill Acquisition Centres are scattered across the country and the resuscitation of these Centres would assist the Nigerian government to create more employment and entrepreneurs in the country.”
” Nigeria and India have a lot in common and a robust relationship that has span many years in the area of trade, education, labour, Foreign Affairs and there is need to further strengthen the bilateral relationship” the Minister said.
The Minister further asked for the revival of the Labour capacity building programme, an exchange programme between Nigeria and India, which trained a lot of Nigerian Labour Officers in Indian Labour Institutes, as part of technical assistance to Nigeria; which was stopped in 2013.
As well as urging the Indian Government to protect Nigerians working in India by providing labour protection and ease of Nigerians living and conducting their businesses in India.
And also for India to key into the Local Content Capacity programme for mutual benefits by creating jobs for Nigerians and profits for Indians.
In his speech of thanks, the Minister of State Labour and Employment, Professor Stephen Ocheni, further solicited for continued partnership with India in the areas of mutual interest, especially in consular matters.
The High Commissioner, Abhay Thakur, thanked and commended the Nigerian government for creating an enabling environment for Indians to work and conduct business in the country.
He said said that India looked forward to training Nigerians in the Indian Labour Institutes, as well as maximising the use of local content or services in running their businesses in Nigeria.
He further disclosed that since there is an excellent ongoing relationship between the two countries, that India was looking at the possibilities of having a direct flight from Nigeria to India.