June 13, 2017

Wabba, Osinowo elected members of ILO governing body


… as Nigerian govt loses election, settles for deputy

GENEVA—President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba and the Director-General, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, Mr. Segun Oshinowo, were yesterday elected into the highest decision making organ of the International Labour Organisation, ILO, after a keenly contested elections by the 187 member states.

However, the Nigerian Government, which was to be represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, lost the bid for Nigerian government to be on the Governing Body.

Segun Oshinowo

The Minister had assured Nigerian delegation at the commencement of the 106th Session of the ILC that the Nigerian Government had made enough consultations and all ground works with other west African brother nations, to ensure her victory.

Never the less, due to Nigeria importance and weight in the ILO and the sub-region, she was placated with the position of a deputy member.

The elections of Wabba and Oshinowo to the Executive arm of the ILO, came over a decade after Nigeria has last occupied the positions.

The Governing Body is the executive body of the ILO (the Office is the secretariat of the Organization).

It is composed of 56 titular members (28 Governments, 14 Employers and 14 Workers) and 66 deputy members (28 Governments, 19 Employers and 19 Workers).

Ten of the titular government seats are permanently held by States of chief industrial importance (Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States).

Ayuba Wabba, NLC President

The other Government members are elected by the Conference every three years (the last elections were held in June 2014).

The Employer and Worker members are elected in their individual capacity.

Governing Body members meet three times a year, in March, June and November to take decisions on ILO policy, decide the agenda of the ILC, adopt the draft Programme and Budget of the Organization for submission to the Conference, and elect the Director-General.

Wabba and Oshinowo were elected on their individual capacity; and the respect being enjoyed by both the Nigerian workers group and the Employers Group.

Speaking,  Wabba dedicated his victory to the Nigeria workers and workers around the world, saying that “the nomination will give a voice to poor Nigerian workers, pensioners and Africans.”

According to Wabba, decent work, occupational safety and the condition of workers had not received more attention in comparison with the wealth that had been created.

He said, “I am dedicating the victory to the Nigeria workers and workers around the world. It is an opportunity to give a voice to poor Nigerian workers, pensioners and Africans. It has a multiplicity advantages, with this, we are now a member of the decision making body and that means we can have our voice heard in the global sphere. It also means that in our relationship with other social partners in the country, we will ensure that ILO standards is respected either on the issue of decent work, collective bargaining, occupational safety and others.”

He lamented that workers fortune globally had continued to dwindle in spite of increased wealth creation in the world.

The Director General of NECA, Segun Oshinowo also expressed that employers would use the opportunity to promote sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.