Michael Imoudu National
Institute for Labour Studies

Federal Ministry of Labour & Productivity

. . . excellence in labour education


In pursuance of its mandate and as part of effort at providing a forum for exchange of ideas by the various stakeholders in the Nigeria Industrial Relations System, the Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin organized its fifth Labour Relations Summit.

The Summit which is an annual event took place on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at the Institute’s Resource Centre. It has as its main theme ‘’Challenges of Labour Administration in an Era of Global Economic Crisis: Implications for Sustainable Development’’ and sub-theme ‘’ Consensus Building and Co-operative Industrial Relations Practice As A Panacea for Industrial Peace and Harmony in An Era of Global Economic Crisis’’.

This year edition was aimed at reflecting the merit of having a tripartite approach to development issues and highlight the potential of the social partners in facilitating the attainment of national and international development targets, most especially the 7-point Agenda and Vision 20 2020 of the Yar’Adua’s administration. It also focused on the impact of the global economic and financial crisis on the Nigerian development agenda and how to identify coping strategies for the social partners.

The opening ceremony of the summit was chaired by Hon. Ado Dogo, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Labour and Productivity and was declared opened by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Comrade Governor of Edo State ably represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Labour matters, Comrade Benson Oseifor.

In his goodwill message, the host governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Governor of Kwara State represented by his Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Ladi Hassan commended the management and staff of the Institute for the initiative to organize an event of such magnitude. He pledged the continuous support of his administration to the Institute. There were other goodwill messages from the Chief Servant of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu and the Governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau both were represented by their Senior Special Assistants on Labour Matters.

The Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Labour and Productivity, Hon. Ado Dogo in his address praised the Institute for keeping faith with its mandate in providing platform for constant interactions among the critical stakeholders of the Nigerian economy. In his words,” my committee has benefitted tremendously from the capacity building programmes of the Institute both locally and internationally.”

In his keynote address, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN) lauded the commitment of the Institute to the development of labour administration and providing a platform for stakeholders in Industrial and Labour Relations to brainstorm on key development issues. He said the Federal Government is in the process of upgrading the Institute to a degree awarding one and making it a regional centre of excellence in labour studies, adding that the ongoing construction of the Institute’s auditorium when completed early next year will be named Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Leadership Auditorium.

The United States Labour Attaché in Nigeria, Mr. Anthony Etarno in his message to the summit, reaffirmed the United States Government support for the development of labour administration in Nigeria. According to him, the US Government is also renewing its commitment to the eradication of child labour. His words “I would like to announce today that our Department of Labour is funding a new 7.95 million US Dollar regional project, implemented by the International Labour Organization(ILO) international programme on the elimination of Child Labour to help Nigeria update its draft National Action Plan to eliminate the worst forms of Child Labour”.

Early in his welcome address, the Director-General of the Institute Dr. John Olanrewaju called on other state governments in the country to emulate Kwara State government in partnering with the Institute to collectively work towards making it globally renowned labour education centre. He thanked the Kwara State government, the Minister of Labour and the Institute’s Governing Council for supporting the Institute in its developmental drive and activities.

Other distinguished personalities and dignitaries at the Summit were the Chairman of the Institute’s Governing Council Alhaji (Chief) Shuaibu Oyedokun; Deputy National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Promise Adewusi; Permanent Secretary, State House, Abuja; the National Vice-President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Issa Aremu; the representative of the Director-General of Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, Mrs. Uche Ajaegbu; Chief Executives of Parastatals; Heads of Department and Agencies, amongst others.

Participants were officials of industrial unions, professionals in Industrial and Labour Relations, trade unionists and Heads of Personnel Management in public and private sectors.

The Summit lead paper was delivered on the main theme by Prof. Sola Fajana of the University of Lagos while Comrade S.O.Z Ejiofor, the General Secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) and Mr. Segun Oshinowo, the Director-General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) delivered papers on the Summit sub-theme from the labour and employers perspectives respectively.