By Funmi Komolafe
The Nigeria Industrial Relations Association ( NIRA) is to host the 6th African Regional Congress of Industrial Relations in Lagos , January 24- 28, 2011. The International Industrial Relations Association based in Geneva, confirmed Nigeria’s hosting in Geneva.

The Regional Conference has the theme “ Emerging Trends in Employment Relations in Africa: National and International Perspectives”. Issues to be discussed in include, Labour Market and recruitment challenges, Industrial Relations and Social Security Issues, Gender issues and female participation, etc. Others are, Trade Unions and Civil Society, Collective Bargaining and Workplace Relations  etc

Opara elected SSAEAC’s President General

Comrade (Engr.) Bede Opara has been elected the President-General of Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) for the next two years. The election of Opara, was the climax of association’s  First Triennial National Delegates Conference of SSAEAC,  held at, Abeokuta in Ogun State.

Other elected officers include ; AM Ubabu II,  Deputy President- General (North); D.A. Orhewere as Deputy President-General (South).

Union tackles Power Minister over poor supply

ORGANISED Labour in the nation’s Power sector, under the umbrella of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), has faulted  buck passing by Minister of Power, Dr. Lanre Babalola over the poor electricity supply in the country and advised the Minister to stop giving untenable excuses for his failures.

The union in a statement the union  said it was surprised that  the Minister was not  remorseful for his inability to deliver the much touted 6,000 megawatts as at 31, December, 2009,and argued that it was becoming obvious that the minister lacked the political to address the power supply crisis in the country.

In a statement titled “Power Minister strives to make PHCN scape goat”, signed by the General Secretary of NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero,  the union stated,   The members of staff of PHCN and the National Union of Electricity Employees feel greatly embarrassed at the buck passing attitude of the minister who should be remorseful for his inability to deliver the much touted 6,000 megawatts as at 31, December, 2009.

It is unfortunate that the Minister who ought to have been better informed of gas availability and affordability in PHCN through his constant link with his counterpart Rilwanu Lukman – the Petroleum Minister appears to be blank”..

Labour ministry promotes social dialogue

The Federal Government of Nigeria has stressed the need to place high premium on consultation and social dialogue amongst stakeholders in Industrial Relations practice in the country in its effort to promote  conducive industrial relations atmosphere in Nigeria. Minister of  Labour and Productivity, Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure spoke  when he declared open a capacity building workshop for the players of industrial relations in the country.

Ukamba for IAP

Comrade Linus Ukamba an assistant general secretary with the Nigeria Labour Congress, is now with the Industrial Arbitration Panel ( IAP).  Ukamba popularly called Elder Linus is expected to represent workers’ interest at the IAP.

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