Ireland's recovery is seen as a good example to Nigeria
Ireland has called for stronger ties with Nigeria to help them overcome their current economic recession.
It comes in a statement issued on Saturday, by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director, Press, Ministry of Labour and Employment for Nigeria.
According to Olowookere, the Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Sean Hoy, made the call when he visited the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige in Abuja.
He quoted Hoy as saying that the call became necessary to enable Nigeria to benefit from the Irish experience.
"We are encouraged by the determined efforts of this government to diversify the economy, to invest in agriculture and other areas, to lessen dependence in oil and import and pull the economy out of recession.
“We need to renew our relationship with Nigeria to see if there is anything we can do to help or share from our experiences,’’ he quoted Hoy as saying.
The ambassador also called for a renewed social partnership to tame rampant cases of labour unrest occasioned by the dwindling economy.
In his response, Senator Ngige said that every country often passed through phases of development, pointing out that the determination of the people was always critical to overcoming such situations.
"Ireland had passed through a similar experience, a crushing recession and emerged from it.
"Nigeria would learn from the doggedness of the Irish people and also emerge from the recession,’’ Ngige said.
The minister also noted that labour relations in a depressed economy globally were usually frosty as a result of dwindling earnings on the part of workers and employers.
He stressed that the cardinal focus of the present administration was to stem down job losses.
"We are diversifying into agriculture and mining to create jobs for the people; we are also focusing on social security."