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Labour Market to receive enhanced Information System – Minister

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has urged all relevant stakeholders to collaborate with the Ministry for a successful implementation of a Labour Market Information System (LMIS), aimed at addressing the lack of harmonized information on labour market by the Federal Government

This was made know in Abuja, while flagging-off a three-day Labour Market Information System (LMIS) Stakeholders’ Workshop, organized to strategize on the framework needed to achieve the goal.

The minister was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Ms Kachollom Daju, mni, who stated that, the LMIS would play the role of informing and guiding policy makers in devising and implementing active Labour Market policies and strategies, designed to close the skills gap in the country, and enhance national planning and development 

According to him, LMIS is an initiative of Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, in collaboration with other stakeholders, and would harmonize into one platform all the fragmented labour market information spread across many Ministries and Agencies.

He stressed that, “This one-stop shop for labour market information would provide data for national policy making, as well as provide easy access to Labour Market Information by users of such information.”

The minister explained that, the availability of reliable, timely and robust labour market information is key for policy-making, education planning, career guidance and enterprise strategies.

Said he; “Out that, a well-established labour market information system would provide insight into both the supply-and-demand sides of the labour market, which, ultimately, would help to forecast trends for jobseekers, training institutions, enterprises and policy-makers.”

Dr. Ngige noted that, “Generating comprehensive, reliable and up-to-date labour market information required an increased collaboration among stakeholders.”

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Labour and Employment, Ms Kachollom Daju, who was represented by Director, Employment and Wages, John Nyamali, pointed out that, the objective of the workshop was to ensure synergy among stakeholders in the generation of information for the Labour Market Information System.

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