The The federal government over the weekend expressed its desire to formalize Nigeria’s bilateral agreement with Qatar on labor migration.
The Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said this in his office while receiving the Charge d’Affaires of the Qatar Embassy in Nigeria, Ahmad AL-Horr
The head of press and public relations at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, in a statement made available to Sunday Sun, Ngige explained that his ministry was eager to formalize the bilateral agreement on the labor migration, to provide more Nigerians with the opportunity to work. in Qatar.
He blamed the alarming unemployment rate in Africa on the youth bulge in the age bracket of 17 to 35, who constitute 60% of the population.
He said: ‘We have an unemployment rate of around 34%. If you include underemployment, you’ll be talking about almost 40%. 100, which is also very alarming.
“That is why we as a country look forward to formalizing a labor migration agreement with you. Your country has been identified as one of the destinations for people seeking a use.
“You have even repeated here that the Nigerian component of foreign workers in your place is limited. That is why we are very interested in this agreement. We are working diligently to ensure that this is one of the agreements that President Muhammadu Buhari will sign during his planned state visit to Qatar. We need Nigerians to work for you.
The minister also called on the government of Qatar to find a way to formalize the stay of Nigerians who live and work illegally at home.
He said that Nigeria would not only provide skilled and medium labor to Qatar, but also high-tech labor.
He expressed hope that Nigerians would work well in Qatar as both countries are oil and gas producing countries.
He added that many Nigerians trained in oil and gas would be assets to Qatar if allowed to work in the country.
Earlier, AL-Horr expressed Qatar’s desire to have more Nigerian component in its workforce.
He assured that his country cares about the protection of engineers, doctors and of course all other professions.