Building the capacity of workers, employers and government officials in labour and industrial relations through training, research, education and inter-institutional linkages to promote labour management relations best practices and industrial harmony for sustainable development.


To be a regional center of excellence in labour studies and globally renowned labour institution.


Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS) is Nigeria’s foremost institute for labour education. The Institute was established in 1986 by the Federal Government of Nigeria’s statutes, and is administered under a seminal and inclusive arrangement involving Government, Labour, and Employers. MINILS mandate is to provide workers’ education. Pursuant to this mandate, the institute is involved in several activities in the areas of training, research, education, publication and consultancy. The Institute undertakes extensive initiatives aimed at building the capacity of workers and their union; promoting exchange between Industrial relations parties in the interest of Industrial harmony; developing international linkages to encourage best practices and global solidarity and; advancing the frontiers of knowledge on labour matters. Every year at least a thousand worker from both the public and private sectors of the Nigeria economy benefit directly from the capacity building work of the institute. The vision is for MINILS to be a regional centre of excellence in labour education within West Africa, and an internationally renowned labour institution.

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