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FG moves to amend Nigerian labour laws

The Nigerian government intends to amend all labour laws in the country.

Festus Keyamo, (SAN) Minister of State for Labour and Employment, disclosed this during a working visit to Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, MINILS, in Ilorin on Friday.

“We are trying to amend all the labour laws in the country. We are going to amend that of this institute so that all the labour centres will be represented.

“All the labour centres are not represented in the governing council of this institute,” he noted, specifically referring to MINILS.

Keyamo, explained that the labour laws which established MINILS and others in the country have become anachronistic.

” The MINILS law, was an old one, it was a decree that was adopted later as an act of parliament,” he stated, adding that, “at that time, the Trade Union Congress, TUC, was not in existence.

” We are not unmindful of the lack of balance in the constitution of the governing council.”

The minister further noted that high level politics in the appointment of head of the institute had adversely affected MINILS.

He said,” We should not play politics with the appointment of head of the institute, as playing politics with who should head it has killed this place till now.”

Keyamo, warned that no one should play politics with a strategic institution like MINILS.

In his speech, the Director-General of the institute, Comrade Isah Aremu, said the management was working hard to remove the institute from the state of hopelessness of the past.

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