The Federal Government has admonished that Chinese business in Nigeria to treat Nigerian workers with respect. This was mentioned by Minister of Labour when the Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr Abhay Thakur paid a courtesy visit on him, minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige said some Indian companies in Nigeria don’t conform to labour laws.
He said, “I will want to solicit your support to protect Nigerians working in India by issuing them with relevant work permits and ease of doing business in India.
“As we all know, there are few Nigerians that are in India that are also doing their own businesses there.
“A lot of Nigerian investors have set up their industries there and likewise some Indians have set up theirs here also.
“We have protected Indians working here, given them work permits and also open up the ease of doing business with them because they are good entrepreneurs and have employed hundreds of Nigerians.
“So, it is incumbent on us to give protection to all those in Nigeria and we hope this will also continue in India.’’
Chris Ngige also called for the revival of the human city building between the two countries of Nigeria and China which suspended in 2013.
“We want that programme to be resuscitated and we will appreciate it, so that our staff can be up to date,’’ he said.
He also called on the Indian government to key into the local content capacity programme in Nigeria, saying “there is nothing you need here as an industrialist that is not available including raw materials.”
He said that “labour is cheaper here than in India, so once you key into it you will create jobs for Nigerians and at the same time make your own profit.”
Ngige noted that this was a formidable way to fight unemployment and create more jobs for the teeming youths.
“We need people that will help us to train our people. We are aware that you have been giving us grants and we will appreciate, if this grant continues.
“We want you to help us establish more refineries, so that you will also make your profit,’’ he said.
While speaking; the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Abhay Thakur, also praised the federal government for its robust bilateral relations.