The Ministry of Labour and Productivity is set to organize various stakeholders’ forums to address fundamental issues and challenges in labour administration in the country.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh stated this in Abuja when he granted audience to Mr. Segun Oshoniwo, the Director General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA).
Dr. Illoh disclosed that his Ministry will embark on the stakeholder’s forum on achieving the rule of laws in industrial relations in Nigeria and will be directed at developing a memorandum of understanding with stakeholders in the labour sector for the achievement of peaceful industrial relations climate in the country.
The Permanent Secretary while responding to the issues raised by the Director General of NECA called on all stakeholders in the labour sector to collaborate with the Ministry in its effort at strengthening labour administration in the country.
He assured the Director General of NECA that within the next few weeks; a lot of changes will take place in the Ministry that will aid in the redirection of labour administration in Nigeria
In his remarks, the Director General Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) promised to work with the Permanent Secretary to reposition the Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
He stated that the Ministry of Labour and Productivity required three basic areas of capacity to deliver the expected dividends. These according to him include strong institution, effective leadership and good policies.
Mr. Oshinowo frowned at the continuous delay in the passage of the Labour Bills by the National Assembly. He said that the passage of these bills would address some of the challenges in the labour administration in the country, and called on all stakeholders to collaborate with the Ministry of Labour and Productivity in the redirection of industrial relations practice.
The Director General NECA also frowned at attempt by some state governments at encroaching on the powers of the Federal Ministry of Labour which functions are well spelt out in the exclusive legislature list of the Nigerian Constitution.
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