CLS applauds Justice Kanyip on appointment into ILO CEACR
The Centre for Labour Studies (CLS) has congratulated the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), His Lordship, the Hon. Justice B. B. Kanyip, PhD, on his appointment as a member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Committee of Experts in the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR).
In a statement, the Director of CLS, Femi Aborisade, stated that the appointment of Kanyip into CEACR says a lot about the sterling character attributes of the President of the NICN, as appointments into CEAR are not on political recommendation by national governments.
“It is not on account of his being President of the NICN. An appointment into CEAR is based on the reputation of the candidate, not only as a legal expert on a world scale, independent mindedness, impartiality in judicial decision making, and high moral character are also important factors taken into consideration.
“Anyone who is familiar with the judicial decisions of Hon. Justice Kanyip would easily come to the conclusion that Justice Kanyip eminently and meritoriously deserves the appointment. The judicial decisions of Justice Kanyip are always very comprehensive, unequivocally clear, objective and predictable on the side of justice, according to law.
“These qualities are the signatures of Justice Kanyip in many landmark Judgments that protect established labour rights and promote other employment rights anchored on international labour standards, which have been incorporated into Section 254C(1) and (2) of the Constitution by virtue of the 2010 amendments.”
Aborisade noted that within the constraints of the existing social system that weighs against the working class, many of the judicial decisions of Justice Kanyip might be used either as a sword or a shield in advancing or protecting labour and employment rights.
“In the midst of the perception of moral turpitude woven round the Nigerian judiciary, the singling out of Justice Kanyip for meriting CEAR membership is a positive reference, not only for the Nigerian Judiciary as a whole, but importantly, for those in the judiciary who have courageously remained upright and are not prepared to succumb to social and political pressures,” CLS said.