The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has called on member countries of the African Regional Labour Centre, ARLAC to adopt active policies and programmes to tackle unemployment and poverty in the region.

The Deputy Director and Head, Press and Public Relations in the ministry Charles Akpan, in a statement said the minister said this while  speaking at the 46th session of the ARLAC with the theme, “Strategic Objective on Social Protection” was  held over the weekend in Kampala, Uganda

The Minister added that the approval of the active policies and programmes would tackle unemployment and poverty in order to check the consequential social tension and violent crimes.

Ngige however said that that poverty reduction would easily be achieved by harnessing the efforts of various agencies and departments in charged with the strategic objective of social protection.

According to him, Africa is replete with tales of worrisome level of child labour, human trafficking and exploitation, irregular migration, youth restiveness, terrorism, armed banditry and arson among others.