The minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has dispelled the fear of gender-based discrimination in Nigerian workplaces as said by the International Monetary fund IMF Article IV consultation Team.
Ngige made this known while receiving a courtesy visit of an IMF team led by its Economist, Western 1 division.
According to the minister.
“The fears you are expressing about gender-based discrimination in terms of work does not exist in Nigeria. As a matter of fact, Nigeria has implemented the Beijing Women Convention in 1995, and we do not believe that the female should be regarded as underdogs.”
Citing the provisions in the Nigerian Constitution in section 16, 2D where the government is meant to provide shelter, jobs, food and minimum wage for all irrespective of gender, he noted.
“The same constitution also makes provision for equal work and equal pay without discrimination.”
Ngige further said that President Buhari came to government when the nation’s economy was going down the drain as a result of the global fall in the price of crude oil and mismanagement of the accrued resources in the previous government.
He however said efforts are underway to diversify the economy by paying more attention to the agricultural and mining sectors.
“In diversification, we paid more attention to Agriculture and Mining so that we can feed ourselves because any country that cannot feed herself is not worth being called a stable country, ” Ngige added.