The Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), has partnered the University of Ilorin to award Bachelor Degree in Industrial Relations, Director-General of the institute, Comrade Issa Aremu, has said.
Aremu also said the institute would soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Africa Labour Administration Centre, Zimbabwe, to award Master’s Degrees in Labour Administration.
The DG disclosed this a Lecture and Investiture of Fellows and Members of the National Institute, at the Nigerian Army Resource Center Abuja.
He said the institute located in Ilorin, Kwara state, has rolled out 60 courses this year to improve the capacity of public servants in the country on core labour issues, adding that the institute has also commenced distance learning programmes.
The DG emphasized the need for continuous labour education by employers of labour and labour administrators in both public and private sectors to avert industrial disputes.
He said: “Because the workplace by nature of its design is inherently conflictual, we must build workers’ capacity to handle grievances or disputes at work. And that means they must do regular training on conflict resolution, how to negotiate, how to engage in collective bargaining, how to carry members along.
“And this is where MINILS comes in. We have been promoting workers’ education for the past 40 years, and that informed the theme of our investure ” Labour Education for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. We are tested in the management of crises in the world of work and we are doing so through workers’ education.”
He said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari recorded remarkable achievements in the areas of workers welfare and job security in the past eight years, and urged the incoming administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu to consolidate on this achievements.
Aremu also urged the awarderes to be good ambassadors of the institute and be mentors to the new generation.
The consultant to the MINILS, Mr Olukomi Ayokami, said the more government agencies and parastatals send their staff to the institute for training, the less disputes they would experience at the workplace.