Mr. Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, on Monday, December 6, said that education; especially life-long learning, remained essential for economic transformation in any nation.
Keyamo stated this in his welcome address; at the Opening Programme of the 2021 Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Harmattan School; at the Michael Imoudu, National Institute for Labour Studies in Ilorin.
According to him, education remains most important for any organisation that hopes to transform itself; and the environment in which it operates.
“This for me is a delightful event. But first, I want to seize this opportunity to extol the leadership of the NLC; for sustaining this educational programme; despite the challenges faced by the labour movement over the years.
“Particularly with the exponential impacts of the 4th wave of industrialisation and globalisation; underpinned by the information communication technology (ICT) revolution,” he said.
The minister also said that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and also various other socio-economic development challenges; confronting countries like Nigeria have made education an imperative; that no organisation and nation could ignore anymore.
Keyamo said that evidence abound across the globe of how education has transformed organisations, communities, nations and societies.
He said countries like South Korea, China and India amongst many others leveraged on education in actualising quantum leaps in development and are now well-positioned to exude some influence on the trajectory of global development.
The minister cited the United Arab Emirate (UAE) as focusing on education to become the driver of development in the Middle East.
He extolled the NLC for the zeal to educate workers, saying that investing in education should not be just a routine activity but be geared towards real emancipation, empowerment, gender equity, poverty eradication and inclusive growth and development.
“It is gratifying that the NLC and Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin, are collaborating today in bringing this school to reality within the premises of the Institute.
“This is the kind of projects that the government and myself want to see occurring; where government agencies and institutions and other social partners work together to achieve our common goals and aspirations of equity and fair development for all,” Keyamo said.