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NLC Begins Review Of Nigeria’s Labour Law


Ololade Omosan-Agie

The Nigeria Labour Congress said it has begun the process of reviewing the Nigeria labour laws, as the current law does not support the realities faced by workers.

The Head, Research Department of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Onoho’Omhen Ebhohinhen disclosed this in Calabar.

According to him, the review is aimed at bring the labour laws to align with modern realities and to update them to ILO level.

He said, “Some of these laws were made during the colonial era and some during past military regimes.

“You can agree with me that most of the Nigerian labour laws have become archaic.

“There have been so many developments in the country that have not been Captured.

He disclosed that the Congress has concluded three stages of the review process.

According to him, there was need to domesticate some of the laws in conformity with the ILO requirements.

“We have concluded three stages of the process. We have held individual presentations at the NLC level; we had workshops with relevant stakeholders and we have met with the members of the National Assembly.

“The present labour laws impede workers’ growth and productivity.

“They are too restrictive and do not encourage productivity of the Nigerian workers.

“After collation of all the submissions, we will put them together as draft legislation and present them to the national assembly for onward passage as a bill,” he said.

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