The Federal Government says there is vast opportunities for job creation in the green economy.

Oru Leonard

Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, stated this in Abuja at the opening of the sixth meeting of the National Employment Council, with the theme, “Creating Environmental Friendly (Green) Jobs”.

He said that the green economy sector presented an avenue for creating environmental friendly (green) jobs in areas such as “construction sector with green jobs concept, renewable energy, afforestation, waste management, including e-waste.”

Ngige, represented by the Director, Employment and Wages, John Nyamale, disclosed that the Council would deliberate on what the Federal Ministries of Power, and Environment had been doing in evolving strategies and innovative ideas to create decent jobs in the green economy.”

Director, Employment and Wages, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, John Nyamale (7th left); Representative of NECA, Nike Ajala (8th left); Deputy Director Labour, Emmanuel Igbinosun (6th right) and other council member during the 6th meeting of the National Employment Council in Abuja

He also stated that “under the post COVID-19 economic recovery plan called “Bouncing Back”, government is committed to large scale installation of mini-grids and solar home systems in a minimum of five million households not currently on the grid.

“This Council has the responsibility of following up on the implementation of this plan and making useful recommendations that can deepen job creation in the green economy.

Ngige noted that the Council would be informed on “the implementation of afforestation programme and Nigeria’s Sovereign Green Bands by the Federal Ministry of Environment and other benefitting Ministries.”

The Minister urged the Council “to pay attention to the presentations by those critical ministries, identify gaps in what they are currently doing and make suggestions that will add value to their work in strengthening the job absorption capacity of government programmes in this sub-sector.”

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