ABUJA – (Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment Report) – The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, William Nwankwo Alo has called for a more comprehensive identification of the risks associated with the labour sector for inclusion in the National Risk Register.
The Permanent Secretariat represented by the Director of Human Resources Management in the Ministry, Ajibola Ibrahim made the call in Abuja at the flag-off of a workshop on the Development of National Risk Register (NRR) for Nigeria, organized for the staff of the Ministry. He described as narrow, the risk proposed by the Risk Assessment Working Group (RAWG) for ownership by the Ministry’s Industrial Action Affecting Key Industries and Government-Run Services.
Alo further said that it has become necessary to develop in-house capacities on the subject for a more comprehensive identification of the risks associated with the labour sector.
“Any unidentified risk in this sector would not appear on the Risk Register and would not be taken into cognizance, while planning for avoidance of occurrence or reduction of impact on the nation’s economy,” he intensified.
“The National Risk Register is developed and maintained by countries to serve as information and planning tool on risk identification and management, and Nigeria is adopting the process as a best practice.”
Earlier, in a welcome address, the Director of Special Duties/Projects in the Ministry, M. E. Nwordu (Dr) mentioned that the training was aimed at building staff capacity in-house to enable optimal contribution to the development of the NRR with the labour sector adequately covered. Adding, it gears towards acquiring sufficient knowledge to develop a Local Risk Register (LRR) for the Ministry at various levels.
In their presentations at the occasion, the resource persons from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Ahmed Abba and JohnBosco Ekeocha discussed the guiding principles of the National Risks Assessment, saying it will require all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to work together to produce a consistent and coherent assessment of the risks that will affect Nigeria over the next five years, using an agreed process.
The ONSA oversees the National Risks Assessment on behalf of the President and the National Security Council, and organizes a Risks Assessment Working Group (RAWG) made up of representatives from key MDAs.
The Director, Human Resource Management, Mr. Abdulrahim Ajibola Ibrahim (eight from left), representative of the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment flanked on the right by Director Special Duties/Project, Dr. Martina Nwordu in a group photograph with participants at a One – Day Workshop on the Development of National Risk Register for Nigeria in Abuja.