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We need to formalise the informal sector – Chris Ngige

The Minister for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige said there is a need to formalise the informal sector which constitutes the largest population of workers in Nigeria.

He stated this while presenting a letter of  formal recognition to the Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers of Nigeria (AUATWON).

The Minister noted that before now, the informal sector had been unmanageable, owing to a lack of an identifiable structural framework to harmonise and demarcate its diverse sectors.

Ngige said, “hitherto, we gave recognition and certification to workers in the formal sector, including the private sector, such as banks, oil and gas, insurance, among other technical areas, and the public sector workers in the unions of pensioners, teachers and recently, the two newly registered university-based unions, the Congress for University Academics (CONUA) and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA).

“Today, we are breaking new ground with those in the informal sector who are employing themselves and from there, employing others. The promoters of AUTWON applied for registration as a trade union on April 27, 2021, to cater for self-employed persons in the field of IT-based transportation services.

“We considered necessary factors and perimeters, especially the global movement, which is sponsored mostly by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to formalise the informal sector that has most of the working population in the world of work, characterised and independent owned-account workers”, he added.

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