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Director-General of Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, MINILS Ilorin, Dr. John Niyi Olanrewaju has advised the actors in industrial relations to imbibe the spirit of team work and partnership for the promotion of Industrial peace and harmony in the country.

Dr. Olanrewaju noted that it has become necessary for the Nigerian workers to team up with government in building a viral and stable economy that would bring prosperity to the local governments, States and the Country at large adding that “there can never be good governance, progress, and development except we have Industrial peace and harmony.”

He stated this at the opening of a three – day workshop on “Emerging Trends in Labour and Management Relations “organized for the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Edo State Chapter in Obudu, Cross Rivers State.

Commenting on the rate of unemployment in the country, Dr. Olanrewaju who praised local government service commission for placing high premium on its human capacity development, stressed on the need for labour to partner with the government in reducing the mass unemployment rate which has been a very big challenge. According to him, government alone cannot redress it and the essence of Industrial relations is for the three actors to work together for the progress and development of the country.

While attributing the progress recorded by the Edo State Local Government Service Commission to its support for the capacity building of its workforce, he called on other local governments in the country to emulate Edo State in the area of training of their workforce in order to develop strategies that would enable them respond to new challenges in the world of work.

He then charged the members of the National Union of local government employees, NULGE, Edo State to see themselves as stakeholders and work in harmony with the Edo State Government for the development of the state and to make it a model state in Nigeria and Internationally. He said, “If every other local government and Unionists will take capacity building very seriously like Edo State Local government has done, today we will have workers who know not only their rights but, their responsibilities to government.”

On his part the Chairman of the Edo State Local Government Service Commission, Chief Augustine Amune, who observed that the Industrial peace and harmony being witnessed in Edo State today, was as a result of the knowledge acquired from the previous training organized for his staff by the Institute, charged all members of the local government to fashion out ways by which they can respond adequately to the various challenges being posed by the work environment.

Chief Amune noted that NULGE as the collective wisdom of the workforce would require sharpened skills and efforts to be able to navigate and protect staff welfare and interests and implored them to continue to use dialogue as the most acceptable means of resolving disputes.

According to him, gone are the days when strike was the only known instrument for achieving and protecting the interest of workers. “All over the world, the acceptable means of resolving conflicts is dialogue” he added.

The chairman, who reiterated the commission’s desire to build the capacity of its employees, urged them to develop strategies that would enable them respond to meet challenges and also play their roles adequately in their places of work.

In his remarks, the President of NULGE, Edo State chapter, Comrade Pat Okeranlen, counseled members to key into the call for transformational change of the present administration which they demonstrated with the availability of fund for capacity building.

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