President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday met with members of National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), led by the Director General, Prof. Tijjani Muhammed, where the way forward on labour matters was discussed.
The report on the 36th course of NIPPS was equally submitted to Jonathan.
Briefing State House correspondents on what transpired at the meeting with Jonathan, Muhammed said the way forward to get labour matters properly understood in order to enhance industrial harmony, better productivity of Nigerian workers in the public and private sectors formed the fulcrum of the meeting.
â€œThe issue is that all parties have been asked to do three things mainly. One, to comply with the law of the land relating to agreements, disputes which must be settled within the framework of processes understood by law. Parties must try as much as possible to work within the agreements.
â€œSecondly, patriotism is required because disruptions in work places and in schools have impacted negatively on our national development, and that there is need to review some laws to make the processes easier and compliance also clearer.
â€œLastly modernisation is very important as well as ICT in terms of productivity. Also, skills must be upgraded whether in the public or private sector. What should underline this discourse is for all parties to put the interest of the Nigerian public at the centre of all disputes because whether labour or government, we are dealing with Nigerian people. So it was a very useful engagement,â€ the NIPSS DG said.
According to him, their report was given based on a 10-man study which involved labour leaders, scholars, ministers of different ministries and agencies.
He added that the report was not the view of anyone, but of what is good for Nigerians, government and the workers.
Asked if past reports had been implemented, Muhammed told journalists that: â€œIt is important to note that many recommendations given by the Institute at fora like this have been implemented or are being implemented.
â€œEven the president has agreed that we need to do more to implement the recommendations. The real issue should be that some of the issues requiring implementation must be preceded by the reforms of the laws, which also will require certain processes to be taken for things to happen.
â€œAlso note that as important as the National Institute is, it is just one institution that advises the government, an advice is not a dictation. We take cognisance of the fact that there are other bodies that can legitimately advise the government, and the advice is as important as that of the National Institute. Our advice has been valued because it is non-political and patriotic in nature,â€ he added.