Fed Govt to tinker with labour laws, says Keyamo

By Steve Oni, Ilorin

The Minister of state for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) has disclosed that the Federal Government is considering tinkering with the idea of amending all the labour laws in the country with a view to making them more effective and efficient.

Keyamo disclosed this on Friday in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, during his working visit to Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies
(MINILS), adding that the labour laws establishing MINILS and others in the country have become anachronistic.

Said he: “All the labour centres are not represented in the governing
council of the institute. We are trying to amend all the labour laws
in the country. We are going to amend that of this institute so that
all the labour centres will be represented.

“The MINILS law was an old one. It was a decree that was adopted later as an art of the parliament. At that time, Trade Union Congress (TUC) was not in existence. We are not unmindful of the lack of balance in the
constitution of the Governing Council.”

The minister agreed that high-wire politics in the appointment of head
of the institute had brought the institute to its kneels.

“I agree with the notion of building strong institutions, but I want
to say that personalities also make institutions, hence the best decision I
made in recommending Comrade Issa Aremu to head this place.

“From now on, I want to set a standard for other ministers that will
come after me. Whoever wants to head this institute must be somebody
with requisite experience with the institute; who has gone through the
ranks or somebody with very good and passionate trade union background.

“Either way, we should not play politics with the head of the
institute. Playing politics with who should head it has killed this
place till now. You don’t play politics with strategic institution
like this,” he added.

In his welcome address, the Director General of the Institute, Comrade Isah Aremu, who said his administration is assiduously working to remove the institute from the stage of hopelessness of the past, complained of the terrible road network in the institute and appealed to the Minister for its repair by the federal government.


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