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Lighe Raps On ECOWAS Biometric Work Permit
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 Labor Minister Neto Z. Lighe


Lighe Raps On ECOWAS Biometric Work Permit
By Catherine B. Nyenkan

MONROVIA, January 16 (LINA) – The Ministry of Labor is to enumerate all non-Liberian ECOWAS citizens operating in the informal sector to be transitioned into the formal sector of Liberia, Labor Minister Neto Z. Lighe has said.

He told the ELBC “Super Morning Show” Monday that this will be done by implementing the ECOWAS Biometric Work Permit to regulate foreign ECOWAS citizens operating in the informal sector of Liberia.

This policy, according to Lighe, is intended to regulate Liberia's informal business environment by upholding the laws that govern the sector.

"The only way you can transition ECOWAS citizens operating in the informal sector of Liberia, is when you have information on them, by knowing them and the type of businesses that they are engaged in," he noted.

Lighe made the statement against the backdrop that there have been numerous complaints from Liberians operating in the informal sector, especially unions that are representing petty traders, about the influx of foreigners in the sector.

He said the Ministry of Labor, in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce and the Liberia Revenue Authority, can adequately address this situation if only they have proper documentation and records of those foreigners that are operating in the sector.

Meanwhile, Lighe has described 2016 as a "prosperous year" for the Ministry of Labor, owing to limited strike actions occasioned by the ministry's prompt interventions in several labor issues within institutions.

Lighe also said that the ministry has taken up the responsibility to educate the people of Liberia on the new labor law with the hope of making sure that they are aware of their rights and responsibilities as contained there-in.

He said several institutions in the country are now operating in compliance with the new labor law although there have been some issues relative to non-compliance which carry penalties for violators under the law.

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