Lagos holds retreat for union leaders
As part of efforts to build better relationships between labour leaders and government officials, Lagos State government, through the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, has organised a retreat for union leaders in the state.
At the opening ceremony of the event, with the theme ‘Employer/employee relations in the world of work’, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour and Industrial Relations, Babatunde Oladeinde Williams, while welcoming labour leaders to the retreat, said it was a yearly programme for union leaders to network, socialise and engage in productive interaction with government officials. The objective is to create a symbiotic bond and promote industrial harmony in the state.
He reminded them that the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu is labour-friendly and committed to ensuring excellent service delivery to the good people of the state through a well-motivated and competent work force.
Williams stated that the retreat will avail labour leaders the opportunity to refresh and upgrade their knowledge on current trends in labour and industrial relations practices with particular reference to the management of employer/ employee relations in the dynamic and ever changing world of work.
In his remark, the Chairman, Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Olusegun Rahmon Balogun, commended the state government for the initiative stating that the programme has become a yearly event in the state government calendar.
Balogun, therefore, expressed appreciation to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu; the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle; the Special Adviser on Labour, Babatunde Williams and Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Training, Dr Biodun Onayele, for prioritising the welfare of not only the workforce but that of the union leaders.
Balogun said the resolve of the state government under the leadership of Mr Governor to train and re-train union leaders as a way of building lasting peace and harmonious working relationship is a commendable development.
As part of the programme, lectures on leadership, emotional intelligence and industrial harmony and sustainable productivity were delivered whilst guided tours/excursion and gala night were held to round off the retreat.
Present at the event were the Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Training, Dr. Biodun Onayele; Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Pensions Office, Mrs. Bandele Fadipe; Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress, Comrade Agnes Sessi and other union leaders.