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The Governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji (Dr.) Aliyu Akwe Doma has emphasized that harmonious industrial relations is an essential ingredient of his administration’s policy on human capacity development and efficient service delivery.

The Governor made this statement at the opening a of 3-day workshop on “Building Industrial Harmony Through Effective Industrial Relations Practice, Collective Bargaining and Dispute Resolution Mechanism” organized by Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, Ilorin for the Officials of the Nasarawa State Public Service.

Governor Akwe Doma, who explained that industrial disputes are inevitable in an organization pointed out that government and organized labour must be seen to be working towards a mutual goal in an atmosphere engendered by Industrial harmony and understanding.

According to him, both management and workers must see themselves as stakeholders in order to achieve mutual objectives. He however appealed to workers at all levels in the country to continue to demonstrate patriotism, sacrifice, and commitment in the overall public interest.

In his opening remarks, the Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity, Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure represented by Mrs. Omolara Olanrewaju, Acting Director, Trade Union Services, said that one of the foremost responsibilities of his ministry is to promote peaceful and conducive Industrial relations atmosphere in the country.

He noted that one of the key strategies to achieve this objective is by building the capacity of social partners in the industrial relations system in order to collaborate and resolve their differences in an amicable manner without resulting to crisis or work stoppages.

“The present administration at the federal level has continued to place premium on consultations and dialogue in its policies as symbolized in the recent composition of Government - Labour Relations Committee headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Oil and Gas Consultative Committee, the National Minimum Wage Committee as well as the ongoing nationwide consultations on the deregulation of the downstream oil sector”, he added.

The Minister commended the Nasarawa State Government for the initiative and recommended same for other states of the federation as a way of promoting conducive environment for sustainable development of the nation.

"Institutionalizing social dialogue in Nigeria, particularly at state level, would avail the social partners the opportunity to meet regularly, review and evaluate their positions on major development issues that may be of concern to the well-being of the citizens’’, he said.

He therefore assured the government and people of Nasarawa State of his ministry support in providing the necessary technical assistance for their effort at building a stable and peaceful industrial relations climate for sustainable development of the state.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Director-General, Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies Dr. John Olanrewaju said that the participation of his Institute in organizing the workshop is in furtherance of its Statutory role of providing opportunities for policy makers in the field of labour and social policy in industry, the trade unions and in government to acquire by personal experience a full understanding of the issues which confront them in their day- to –day work.

Dr, Olanrewaju observed that many have ignorantly treated labour and industrial relations matters with levity in respect of national development.

He disclosed that no nation or economy can develop in a situation of industrial crisis and work stoppages. "All over the world, the industrial relations atmosphere of a nation is a critical factor in attracting direct foreign investment and ensuring uninterrupted growth of the economy”, he added.

MINILS Boss then assured the government of Nasarawa State of his Institute’s commitment to working with all of its stakeholders in the development of social dialogue culture in resolving not only labour related issues but other social and economic problems that may manifest in the course of development.

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