The Minister of Labor, Neto Z. Lighe, has vowed to enforce the new Labor Law in 30 days to ensure that good labor practices are observed in the country.
Minister Lighe made the pledge on Wednesday at the Labor Ministry in Monrovia when the Yana Boys Association of Liberia honored him as the “Best Minister of the Year (2015-2016).”
He said the ministry will be holding institutions across the country responsible for the new Labor Law if they fail to implement and ensure good labor practices.
“We have enough copies already available and have started distributing them to various institutions and hope that employers and employees would also come to the ministry to obtain a copy. This was to be done some months ago and was delayed due to the finalization of the law,” he said.
Minister Lighe explained that the ministry will begin a mass media awareness campaign and other informative programs beginning next month, adding that “beginning March, we will make sure that everyone abides by this law.”
He said the ministry has been working on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) permit as part of its measures and it is finally completed.
With the completion of the process, ECOWAS citizens residing in Liberia are expected to contribute to the economy the Minister said and hailed employees of the ministry for being proactive in ensuring that some of the work is completed.
He hailed the Yana Boys Association of Liberia for observing the undertakings of the ministry and urged them to follow the work of other ministries, commissions and agencies.
The president of the Yana Boys Association of Liberia, Prince Kollie, in his statement outlined several achievements of the minister that earned him their honor.
Mr. Kollie listed the return of the 10 Liberian ladies from Lebanon, the ministry’s timely intervention in the January 9, 2015 explosion at the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), speedily handling of labor cases and complaints across the country, among the Minister’s achievements.
“We also observed the signing into law of the Decent Work Act, and the additional measures on employment in the marginalized sectors of our country. With all these we believe you have contributed immensely to postwar Liberia and decided to give you your flowers while alive,” he said.
He added that the Yana Boys Association of Liberia believes that these measures are geared toward the improvement and development of Liberia and would increase employment opportunities across the country, and must be hailed for leading the process.