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Labour ministry, HEIR women hub partner on C190 policy ratification

By Tobi Awodipe
16 August 2022   |   4:03 am
As part of efforts towards eliminating career barriers and workplace sexual harassment against young women in Nigeria, Heir Women Hub recently met with officials of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to streamline efforts towards materialising this goal.

[FILES] Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment PHOTO:Twitter

As part of efforts towards eliminating career barriers and workplace sexual harassment against young women in Nigeria, Heir Women Hub recently met with officials of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to streamline efforts towards materialising this goal.

The project, conducted by HEIR Women Hub and supported by Ford Foundation, acknowledged that International Labour Congress (ILO) Convention on Workplace Sexual Harassment (C190) is a major instrument to curb the menace of sexual harassment.

Nigeria, a signatory to this agreement, is yet to ratify and domesticate it, despite several promises in the past to do so.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, was represented by the Director, Productivity, Measurement and Labour Standards, Juliana Adebambo.

Other ministry officials present were; Godson Ogbaji, Deputy Director, Productivity, Measurement and Labour Standards, Akachukwu Ike, Deputy Director, Special Duties, Agbapuworum Udochi, Principal Labour Officer, Murna J. Lorna, Assistant Director, Productivity, Measurement and Labour Standards and Okenyi Nneka.

The meeting began with an address by Adebambo, who welcomed the HEIR Women team. Project Officer for HEIR Women Hub, Blessing Ejeh, summarised the project to the ministry, reiterating that the purpose of the meeting was to plot ways on how the policy can be ratified in Nigeria.

Adebambo praised the work HEIR Women Hub in the country, adding that the convention is in the process of being ratified, which will be submitted to the ILO office in Geneva.

Executive Director, HEIR Women Hub, Anuli Aniebo Ola-Olaniyi expressed her joy over this and commended the ministry for its efforts in following it up, adding that they are ready to work with the ministry to ensure it is ratified in Nigeria and are ready to accompany the ministry to Geneva.

Appreciating the team, Adebambo said they’re open to working with the Hub, urging them to team up with the ministry on sensitising the public on the C190 to enable organisations and individuals to be in the know about it. She also promised that they would put out information on further development and engagements on anything that relates to career barriers at the workplace, adding that both bodies are partners in progress.