Mr Zulu made this statement at the opening ceremony of a-two day Interactive Session for Nigeria’s Delegation to the 106th Session of International Labour Conference (ILC) organized by Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in collaboration with Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association. He stated that the ILO expected Nigeria to play a leading role in shaping the future for decent work and urged the delegation to familiarize themselves with ILC reports and information and the policies Nigeria currently has including the Labour migration policy, National Employment Policy, amongst others.
The interactive session, which aimed to adequately inform and prepare the Nigerian delegation to the 106th ILC for their participation at the conference was attended by the ILO, officials of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and a representative of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
The Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, in his opening remarks, commended the ILO for all the financial and technical support the ILO has given to Nigeria. Represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr. Chris Ngige stated that through such support, Nigeria has made progress in the areas of “Labour Migration governance, fight against Child Labour, protection of workers’ rights, Decent Work Agenda, Social Protection, Occupational Safety and Health, etc.” According to the Honourable Minister, “this is therefore the time to harness all the positive energy, efforts and contributions made in these directions and articulate a robust position for Nigeria to showcase at the 106th ILC session”
Director General of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Mr. Segun Oshinowo, congratulated the Federal Ministry of Labour and social partners for the first pre-ILC workshop organized to prepare delegates for effective participation. He stated that such preparation would help Nigeria to contribute positively to the success of the ILC.
In his statement at the workshop the President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, charged Nigerian delegates to be well prepared for the ILC. Addressing workers at the meeting, he stated that “preparation is re¬quired even more from us because we are the people at the receiving end.” He said that the im¬portance of continuing to canvass for issues of decent work, social protec¬tion, and more importantly the applications of Interna-tional Labour standards for the benefit of workers are very important. He congratulated the Honourable Minster for working with social partners to convene the meeting. The President of TUC, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, commended the Honourable Minister for working with social partners to make the meeting a reality, saying this was a novel idea needed to make Nigeria speak with one voice and contribute to the success of the ILC.