NLC begins review of labour laws in Nigeria



 Dr Onoho’Omhen Ebhohinhen, Head, Research Department of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says congress is working on review of labour laws in Nigeria.

Ebhohinhen disclosed this on Tuesday in a chat with newsmen at a media roundtable and strategy design on civil space for Power of Voices Partnership Project in Calabar on Tuesday.

He said that review was to ensure that labour laws were in conformity with International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Ebhohinhen said that current labour laws had become obsolete and needed to be reviewed to align them with modern realities and to update them to ILO level.

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

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

“There have been so many developments in country that have not been captured,’’ he said.

According to him, Nigerian worker is a victim of such laws.

present labour laws impede workers’ growth and productivity.

“They are too restrictive and not encourage productivity of Nigerian worker.

“We also need to domesticate some of laws in conformity with ILO requirements,’’ he said.

labour leader said that, process of the review has gone through three stages.

“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 of the National Assembly.

“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.(NAN)