MINILS celebrates 40th anniversary in grand style

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…confers fellowship award on selected Nigerians 

Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin, Kwara State capital, has celebrated 40 years anniversary of the institute in grand style with conferment of awards to some selected eminent Nigerians who have made great impacts in their respective chosen fields.

The President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Christopher Isiguzo; Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd, Mele Kyari; Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello; and Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Abubakar Yuguda, were among citizens honoured with fellowship of the National Labour Institute.

Other recipients of fellowship included the NUJ National Secretary, Comrade Shuaibu Usman Leman; former NUJ President, Mallam Mohammed Garuba and President, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Mojeed Olawale Olusegun among others.

The presentation of the fellowship which was the grand finale of the activities commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Institute, held on Tuesday  (May 9, 2023) at the institute premises,  Ilorin,  

The institute is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment with Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) overseeing its affairs.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who spoke through the Director General, National Productivity Centre, Abuja, Dr Kashim Akor, said it is a policy in his ministry for elected labour leaders to undergo training in MINILS.

He said the essence of the training at the institute was to get leaders in the labour movement acquainted with requisite skills to address Industrial disputes whenever the need arises.
Ngige, who identified industrial disquiet as a recurring issue in the labour industry, said employers and employees must find a common ground to resolve crisis.

The minister applauded the governing board and management of the institute for working assiduously in providing labour education and thus bridging the yawning gap that had existed over the years.

Chairman Kwara NUJ, Comrade ‘Lanre Ahmed receiving the award on behalf of the National President of the union, Comrade Christopher Isiguzo

He said the federal government was in talks with African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) in Harare, Zimbabwe to make MINILS a study centre to cater for West Africa countries in labour administration.

“As I speak, we are discussing with African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) with headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe. It is an organization facilitated by ILO for training in labour administration among English speaking African countries. 

“The discussion is targeted at ensuring that MINILS become a study centre to take care of West Africa countries in labour administration”, the minister said.

In his remarks, the Director General, Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin, Comrade Issa Aremu, urged fellowship recipients to exhibit favourable disposition towards secured and meaningful employment, respect of rights and freedoms at work, social protection and security and social dialogue.

Aremu siad the Institute had relied on organizing of seminars, workshops and conferences mostly of short duration in the past 40 years to serve stakeholders’ labour educational needs.

“Currently, MINILS is redirecting to better serve emergent demographics of working people. New approaches include academic programmes (B.Sc and ND), professional Examination in Industrial Relations, TVET (technical and vocational education, Entrepreneurship training, catering for artisans and unemployed youths. The Institute is improving its on-line/e-campus facilities to provide distance learning and therefore serve workers’ needs for flexible learning on a long term basis without compromising jobs securities” the DG said.

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