By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ONE of the leading labour administrators in Nigeria and a former arbitrator of the Industrial Arbitration Panel, IAP, Elder Linus Ukamba, has decried low utilisation of IAP by workers in the settlement of industrial disputes.
Ukamba recently retired from Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, few months after completing his assignments at IAP where he represented Congress.
Elder Ukamba who is now into consultancy services on labour related matters, after he was retired by NLC at 65 years.
With over three decade’s wealth of experience, his last port of call weas the IAP. He his held various positions in the Trade Union Movement between 1980 and 2016.
He started as Vice President and Deputy President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG between 1980 and 1984, Deputy General Secretary – NUPENG between 1984 and 1986, General Secretary – National Union of Paper & Paper Products Workers ( NUPPPROW) (1986 – 1999) and Project Officer – Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) (2000 – 2001).
He was also Senior Assistant General Secretary – NLC between (2001 and 2016). Within these 15 years in the NLC, he served with Integrity as Head of Lagos office, HOD, Organization, and HOD, Administration. He led the remarkable and landmark NLC anti-casualisation campaign in 2001 and 2002 during which 60% of casuals in the targeted companies were converted to permanent staff.
The ILO International Training Centre Turin awarded him Diploma in Negotiating Flexibility in October 2001
During the period, he was appointed to represent the NLC in the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) (2009 – 2016) he was admitted to membership of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) Oct 2009.
He was also admitted as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (CIArb UK) in 2010 and also attended various courses in Alternative Disputes Resolution, ADR, in Badagry, Accra, Ghana and Dubai.
Before full-time Trade Union appointments, he had worked in other places.