Labour Ministry Launches Joint Nationwide Inspection Enforcement Exercise

The Ministry of Labour, in collaboration with the Liberia Immigration Service (ILS), and partners has launched a vigorous nation-wide Labour Inspection exercise, commencing in Montsterrado County.

Speaking at the official launching exercise Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Labour Ministry in Monrovia, Labour Minister Cllr, Cooper W. Kruah who chairs the Joint Inspection Team, said the exercise is geared towards the renewal and acquisition of Labour and Residence Permit by foreign workers at informal and formal sectors of the country.

The Labour Minister, flanked by scores of officials from the both entities, stressed the importance of professional conduct by members of the inspection team inorder to achieve the desired objectives of revenue collection, as well as protection of both Liberian foreign workers.

Minister Kruah further called for systematic approach by the team and cautioned against arbitrary closure of foreign-owned business entities without due process enshrined in the Decent Work Act and standing regulations of the Liberian Immigration Service.

He said both agencies have similar projects to facilitate collection of public funds from issuance of the Work and Residence Permits to foreign workers across the country.

Minister Kruah revealed that year’s enforcement inspection exercise will start in Montserrado County and later extend to the leeward reggions, including the South East before the impending rainy season.

The Labour boss noted further that the joint labour Immigration inspection will be done in two key stages, the initial enforcement and a follow-up process which will target business entities not fully covered during the initial exercise.

The follow-up exercise, according to the Minister, is not intended to take records of the activities including their names, locations among others, especially those that will not be able to show evidence so that there will be a follow up to countercheck their compliance.

Minister Kruah stressed the importance both the LIS and the Ministry of Labour are contributing to the National Budget and are working to make sure that they are more effective in the interest of the Country.

Minister Kruah named Deputy Minister for Planning and Manpower Development, Hon. Steven S. Kolubah as Head of The Joint Inpection Team, disclosing that it is divided into five teams.

“I want to say we are working for our Country and we have to do it in an effective and professional manner to carry the good name of our Ministry and Institutions.

I like for us to work together because we are working for the same government and it is our responsibility to make sure that this government is successful”, the Labour Minister told the gathering.

In brief remarks, the Head of the Joint Labour Enforcement Inspection Team, Deputy Minister Steven S. Kolubah assured that the team which will be deployed across Montserrado County will exhibit high level of professionalism and commitment in the interest of the country.

For his part, LIS Head of Security Henry Zargo expressed happiness over the joint exercise which he recounted has always been a yearly national initiative by the two government entities.

The ceremony was attended by representatives from the two project partners of Ministry of Labour CETIS/ ZIP.

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