The Director-General of Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, Ilorin, Dr. John Niyi Olanrewaju has commended the President of the National Industrial Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo on his repositioning efforts which has strengthened the Court and got it listed as a Court of superior records.

Dr. Olanrewaju who paid a courtesy visit on the President of National Industrial Court in Abuja applauded him for being a visionary leader whose ability to face challenges and bring dramatic changes to the status of the court has earned him the appellation of a transformational leader. “There is no doubt from the history we have heard and the evidences we have seen that you have been a transformational leader and you have been able to change the scope of Industrial relations in Nigeria through your persistent interventions and efforts” he said.

Speaking on the importance of education to labour leaders, Government officials and Employers, he said the Institute, as part of its responsibility in promoting Industrial harmony in the country, has developed competences in the areas of Labour Administration, Trade Union Funds and Accounts, Conflict Resolution and Management which are very much of importance to the three tiers of government. “As long as there are interactions among human beings, there is bound to be conflict, and there should be a procedure of managing this conflict to ensure that it does not degenerate into crisis.” he added.

Dr. Olanrewaju, who said that the visit was significant, explained that there exist a lot of similarities between the two agencies in their emergence and operational areas. He mentioned that part of the reasons for the establishment of NILS (now MINILS) is to stem down the growth of ideological orientation instutionalised in the labour education that workers then were exposed to by both the western and eastern blocks.

This according to him, the Institute has achieved through provision of qualitative labour education to all stakeholders in the Industrial Relations Sector with the sole aim of promoting Industrial harmony and peace in the country. He solicited for materials on Labour Laws and Judgments on cases having relevances to Industrial and Labour Disputes as he appealed to the President of the National Industrial Court for collaboration between the two agencies in areas that could enhance the development of workers and the country in general.

In his response, Justice Babatunde Adejumo appreciated Dr. John Niyi Olanrewaju and his team for the visit and assured him of his readiness to partner and collaborate with the Institute in all of its programmes an in particular the Annual Labour Relations Summit of the Institute.. He said. “I confirm as the President of this court to collaborate with your Institute so as to enhance competence in conflict resolution and management,”
While emphasizing on the need for better understanding of how to manage conflict by all the tiers of government, Justice Adejumo said that common law cannot settle all trade disputes in this dynamic industrial world and adviced on the need to strengthen the alternative dispute machinery procedures in the country.

He also urged the Director-General to ensure the Institute’s programmes continue to get adequate and effective publicity through the mass media so as to let the people know that it has the needed competences to enhance their skill and knowledge of labour education and general management.

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