‘Oyerinde’s appointment on ILO board will deepen conversation among social partners’
Stakeholders have said the recent appointment of the Director-General (DG) of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, into the governing board of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will not only deepen engagement at the global space but among social partners.
Already, the NECA DG, who described the appointment as a strategic one, said Nigeria stands to gain immensely, following the major role the country is playing in the global body.
He noted that it would further put the country on the global map, especially, where decisions concerning decent work conditions, social dialogue, workplace challenges and the future of work, among others, are deliberated.
Part of it, Oyerinde said, is the country’s revised labour law, which is awaiting passage into law.
He mentioned how the ILO played a major role by providing direct technical support to the social partners.
“Nigeria is playing big at the ILO level but the engagement could still be deepened to draw more attention and benefits to the country.
“If you have a voice in the board, it not only helps the group you are representing but also the country. This is because with over 200 ILO member states, for a country to find itself either as a workers’ or employers’ body is something to celebrate and being the oldest United Nations (UN) organisation with a tripartite nature,” he said.
The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph Ari, in a congratulatory message, said Oyerinde, as a member of the ILO board, will go a long way in ensuring the leveraging of global trends and standards set by the body will bring value addition to the country.
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), which said the appointment is befitting and well-deserved, said the TUC was ready to avail itself to ensure Oyerinde’s mandate is realised within the tripartite capacity.