Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has formally requested for technical and institutional support of the International Labour Organisation, ILO, as regards the move by the Congress to revive social dialogue in Nigeria.
Recall that late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, instituted and bequeathed a robust social dialogue mechanism that immensely benefited the industrial relations practices of the country, but the legacy was allowed to suffer, thus avoidable industrial disputes in the health, education, judicial and the oil and gas sectorsbecame commonplace with dire consequences to the economy.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba while making a presentation at the recently concluded conference of ILO, renewed the commitment of Nigeria’s organised labour to a genuine participation in the revival of social dialogue in Nigeria.
“We are eager to discuss issues of job creation, migration management, social protection floors implementation and the broader issues around the structural transformation of the Nigerian economy”.
Comrade Wabba, however, welcomed the announcement by the Director-General of ILO, Guy Ryder that a Global Commission will be put in place to look at issues within the world of work and the report of which will serve as the document for debate during the centenary celebration of this institution.
“We want to note some issues that could contribute to the terms of reference for the commission, few among them are; ending Illicit Financial Flows, IFF, a secured and effective public service for developing economies; security and safety at work places and communities, as well as broad and holistic migration management”.
For Africa, it is a serious issue that the “Mbeki Panel Report on IFF” indicates that a conservative figure of $60 Billion leave Africa annually through tax avoidance and tax dodging activities.
“Such criminal leakage if effectively plugged will contribute to internal revenue mobilization that will increase social spending” he said.


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