NIGERIA would between Monday and Friday, next week hold the 6th African Regional Congress of International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), which will draw participants from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

With the theme, “Emerging Trends in Employment Relations in Africa: National and International Perspectives”, the conference to be hosted by Nigerian Industrial Relations Association (NlRA) would  take place at the University of Lagos.

At a briefing, President of NIRA, Professor Dafe Otobo, said  the opening slated for Tuesday, January 25, would be presided by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu while other dignitaries expected are Mr. “Raji Fashola, SAN, the Governor of Lagos State as Special Guest of Honour. The Chief Host is Professor Sofoluwe, the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos. Other dignitaries include the Professor Janice Bellace, the outgoing President of the ILERA, and the ILO Regional Director for Africa, Mr Charles Dan. Goodwill messages are expected from sister professional bodies, organized labour and the organized private sector.”

Awosemo, 8 others appointed NDE directors

The Board and Management of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) have announced the appointment of nine new Directors.

Two of the newly promoted Directors are women, Mrs Awosemo Agboayemie Victoria, head of Lagos office of the Directorate, and  Ms. Isichei Maureen Ononoju.

Others are Mr. Udoh Nnamdi Dominic, Mr. Mfam Ntonoba Sylvanus, Alhaji Aliyu Lawal Kuki,  Mallam Ibrahim Ahmed Abdulkarim, and Mallam Bello Babayo, Alhaji Kadira Umar Ibrahim,  and Mr. Aye Adejo Jibrin

The announcement followed the conduct of a mass promotion exercise organised by the Directorate from 23rd August- 3rd September 2010. All eligible categories of officers in the organisation across the country took part in the exercise which cleared the backlog of promotions.

The newly promoted Directors would join five current directors to steer the affairs of the 24-year old directorate.

Skill acquisitions my priority-  new Perm Sec

NEW  Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Engr. Anthony Z. Ozodinobi, has announced that his priority would be the establishment of skill acquisition centres in all the states of the federation.

Speaking at taking over ceremony from  the outgone Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Prof. Simon Ogamdi, Engr.  Ozodinobi, noted

“My approach is to listen, engage in discussion and get convinced. I like creativity and am very excited about increasing skill acquisition centre to enhance productivity and employment generation thereby encouraging self reliant”. Engr. Ozodinobi affirmed.

While assuring stake holders as well as the entire staff of the Ministry of a better working relationship, he stated that all hands must be on-deck to move the Ministry forward.

“I need cooperation of everybody without rancor as I looked forward to a better working relationship as we manage whatever little resources available and move on from there’. He urged

NUPENG unionises NIPCO workers

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) in consonance with the Trade Union Act No. 22 of 1978, No. 4 of 1996 and the Trade Union (Amendment) Act 2005 has unionized workers of NIPCO Plc Oil & Gas in Apapa, Lagos.

In a statement released by the Deputy General Secretary of the Union, Comrade Isaac Aberare stated that at a meeting with the workers the following members were elected protem officers of the branch.

They include Comrades Akason Mohammed, Chairman, Agwu Ephraim, Vice Chairman, Olarenwaju Stephen, Secretary, Solomon Okoye, Assistant Secretary, Archibong Stephen, Treasurer. Others are Abayomi Ogunsonya, Financial Secretary and Kazeem Shehu, Public Relations Officer.

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