The federal government has said that the use of labor-intensive technologies in the construction and maintenance of public works boosts employment in the country.
Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige said as much while launching the 7th National Employment Council Meeting in Abuja, themed “Use of Labour-Based Technologies in construction and maintenance of infrastructure”.
He noted that the use of labour-based technology in the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure has the potential to improve the employment and socio-economic welfare of Nigerians.
Ngige, represented by Director of Employment and Wages, John Nyamali, said the introduction and expansion of labour-based methods in public works not only had the potential to generate more jobs in the country, but also had a cost advantage over technology-based methods. .
The minister said the shift from conventional skills and career orientation to technology orientation in work had posed a threat to jobs as technology was taking away jobs.
“The method of construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of labor-intensive infrastructure is formulated to reduce the impacts of technology on employment,” he said.
Ngige said that labour-based methods have “significantly higher job creation potential than equipment-based methods”, adding that labour-based public works projects in the country aim to reduce unemployment.