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COVID-19: Nigeria Calls For Waiver On Intellectual Property Rights On Vaccine by Gray123: 3:34am On Jun 29, 2021
Nigeria has called for a waiver on global intellectual property rights so that developing countries can produce COVID-19 vaccines and effectively check the wave of the pandemic.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige spoke Thursday in Abuja while welcoming the new International Labour Organisation, ILO, Country Director for Nigeria and English speaking West Africa, who is also the ILO  liaison for ECOWAS,  Miss Vanessa Phala in his office.
A statement by  the Deputy Director Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Labour and Employment,  Charles Akpan, quoted the Minister as saying “Nigeria is in the league of countries who want the intellectual property rights as it relates to Covid-19 vaccines be waived so that developing countries can manufacture them to fight the pandemic.”Ngige who traced the history of Nigeria as a pioneer member state of the ILO, with country office opened in Lagos in 1956, also commended the ILO Africa regional team, especially the immediate past Country Director, Mr. Dennis Zulu  for the efforts towards the emergence of Nigeria as a Regular Member of the ILO Governing Board on June 11, 2021.According to him, “We want to put on record the assistance and the working relationship we enjoyed with your predecessor, the Director General and the Regional Director for Africa.
“Their unceasing support all through the years was instrumental to the election of Nigeria into the Governing Board of the ILO. It is quite heartwarming that after nearly seven years absence, we came back to the Governing Board as a titular in 2017 under my tenure.
“While serving as titular , they found us worthy to be the President of the Government Group of the ILO Governing Board between  2019- 2021.
“And now this year, barely  fortnight ago,  we were voted in again, this time, to the  highest membership of the Governing Board  as a Regular.”
The Minister also told the ILO team that Nigeria was adapting to the changing dynamics in the world of work, reason the country domesticated the ILO conventions and repealed some of the obsolete labour laws, currently undergoing review.
He asked for the technical assistance towards legal finesse and early completion of the amendment, saying  “We have moved from retreat held in Lagos, where the tripartite partners participated and now,   further working on the outcome of that retreat and harmonizing in-house,  before transmitting to the Federal Executive Council and finally, to the National Assembly.
“We have got everybody, the lawmakers on board after initial setback through adequate liaison with the National Assembly Committee on Labour.

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