The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has revealed that the federal government may amend the country’s labour law.
He stated this while speaking in Kwara state during a visit to Michael Mimoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS).
Keyamo said: “All the labour centres are not represented in the governing council of the institute. We are trying to amend all the labour laws in the country. We are going to amend that of this institute so that all the labour centres will be represented.
“The MNILS law is an old one. It was a decree adopted later as an art of the parliament. At that point Trade Union Congress (TUC) was not in existence. We are not unmindful of the lack of balance in the constitution of the governing council.”
He added that playing politics with who heads the strategic institution has rendered the MNILS ineffective.
“I agree with the notion of building strong institutions, but I want to say that personalities also make institutions. The best decision I made in recommending Comrade Issa Aremu to head this place.
“From now on I want to set a standard for other ministers that will come after me. Whoever wants to head this institute must be somebody with requisite experience with the institute; who has gone through the ranks or somebody with very good and passionate trade union background.
“Either way, we should not play politics with the head of the institute. Playing politics with who should head it has killed this place till now. You don’t play politics with strategic institution like this,” Keyamo added.