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OBJECTIVES OF SWIP The specific objectives of the Project are to:

  1. Conduct Periodic Audit of OSH infrastructure and structure in contributing companies in the six (6) geo-political zones.
  2. Ascertain the extent of compliance with existing rules, laws and standards on OSH, in order to determine the risk exposure of the Fund. Improve the quality of health and safety accident prevention infrastructure in contributing companies.
  3. Promote awareness on OSH, based on best practice and contemporary developments through capacity building programmes in contributing companies on an on-going basis as part of the strategies designed to reduce work place injuries.
  4. Promote a symbiotic relationship between NSITF and the contributors to the Employee Compensation Scheme through a yearly Award Systems to companies adjudged best as well as least OSH compliant.
  5. Conduct yearly Employers – NSITF Interactive Enlightenment Forum for the purpose of reviewing developments in the field and obtaining feedback from contributors on how the scheme could be re-positioned for meaningful impact.

The fundamental principle of Labour Legislations is to guarantee fairness in the employment relationship and protect basic rights of parties involved. As the workplace becomes more complex and globally competitive, the line between rights and privileges is rapidly disappearing. This has resulted to increasing incidents of industrial action and work stoppages. In-depth working knowledge of Labour, Employment and Social Laws and their application is germane to industrial peace, harmony, socio-economic well-being and peaceful co-existence in and outside of work. The ignorance or lack of adequate working knowledge of the Labour, Employment and Social Laws has financially compromised many organizations, leading to colossal loss of revenue paid as damages and compensation due to breach of the provisions of the Labour Laws. This lack of requisite skills to tackle contemporary issues in human resource management and labour relations can constitute a constraint to achieving competitive advantage in today’s business world. The rapidly changing provisions of the Law have made it imperative for Human Resources Practitioners to be abreast of new developments. This important Course is, thus, designed to empower managers with knowledge and provisions of the Nigerian Labour, Employment and Social Laws. The course equally aims to exhaustively examine the legal and contemporary labour relations issues in the workplace. OBJECTIVES At the end of the Course, participants will be able to: Enlighten participants on the Nigerian Labour, Employment and Social Laws that impact on labour relations in the workplace. Intimate participants with the rights and obligations of the parties involved in employment and collective relationships in the workplace. Share with participants decided cases on Labour and Employment matters. Expose participants to new Laws and Pending Labour and Employment Bills that have consequences for Business. Create the atmosphere that will promote industrial harmony in the workplace. Enlighten participants on the roles and responsibilities of the Industrial Arbitration Panel and the National Industrial Court. CONTENT Fundamental Principles of Law and the Constitution. Managing Legal Risks in Human Resource Management. The Nigerian Labour Law and the Laws Relations of Employment & Employee Welfare. Management’s, Worker’s and Union Duties, Rights, Obligations and Limitations in the Workplace. Termination of Employment with Associated Risks & Organizational Discipline. Laws Relating to Trade Unions and Dispute Resolution. New Trends in Employment Relationships: Nature, Implications and Coping Strategies. The Existing Legal Framework for the practice of Labour and Industrial Relations in Nigeria: The Right Based Approach, Challenges and the Way Forward. Highlights of the Acts Guiding Statutory Agencies and their Implications for Business (particular focus on NSITF,NHF,NHIS,PENCOM and ITF) International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions on Workplace Relationships. The Concept of Decent work The Roles and Responsibilities of the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) and National Industrial Court (NIC)

The NECA’s Global Certification Limited (NGCL) has been accredited as the first indigenous certification body in Nigeria to provide certification and training services for companies locally and internationally by the Egyptian Accreditation Council (EGAC). This is in line with the EU funded National Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP) objectives with technical support from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), aimed to support the development of missing Standards, quality control bodies and to encourage improvement of the quality of products and services exchanged in the Nigerian Markets

The Director-General, Designate, Mr. Timothy Olawale, said that with the establishment of NGCL and its accreditation as a certification body, NECA assured Nigeria of better access to certification of management systems, standardization, enhanced business competitiveness and removal of technical barriers to global trade.

From Left: Representing Dr. Shaukat Hussain, is Mr. Rotimi Olaoluwa, National Expert UNIDO NQIP; Representing National President, NNEW, Mrs. Titi Eko; Mr. Timothy Olawale, Chairman, NGCL; Mrs. Celine Oni, CEO, NGCL,

According to him, the accredidation came at a time when the focus of the government is on diversification from the oil sector and the promotion of exports from other sectors. He said:This major milestone will enhance business competitiveness, imapct the quality infrastructure landscape in Nigeria and break barriers to global trade, as standardization of management systems and processes builds global customer confidence that producsts and services are safe and reliable

NGCL is poised to promote quality, remove technical barriers to trade and advance economic growth through Certification in accordance with ISO 9001: 2015 and Training various courses. Mr. Olawale said that, the implementation of ISO Standards in business improves efficiency and effectiveness of processes as well as adherence to regulatory and statutory requirements.

Mr. Rotimi Olaoluwa who represented Dr. Shaukat Hussain, UNIDO said having a certification body in Nigeria is a huge achievemet, stating that a robust ISO system, the scheme would work for low scale businesses and Multinational.

Mrs Celine Oni, the CEO of NGCL, said the certificate process has kicked off, with the support from accreditation bodies, lead auditors technical experts on quality and certification, Nigeria can now certify businesses within and outside the country. She added: “We are in full scheme and expect to keep working with more companies in Nigeria. We will continue to work to cover more grounds until we make our businesses very competitive and acceptable international.”

The ignorance or lack of adequate working knowledge of the Labour, Employment and Social Laws has financially compromised many organizations, leading to colossal loss of revenue paid as damages and compensation due to breach of the provisions of the Labour Laws. This lack of requisite skills to tackle contemporary issues in human resource management and labour relations can constitute a constraint to achieving competitive advantage in today’s business world. The rapidly changing provisions of the Law have made it imperative for Human Resources Practitioners to be abreast of new developments.

The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), in partnership with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), has concluded plans for the commencement of the implementation of a national affordable housing delivery programme.

The programme, which is targeted at Nigerian workers, is aimed at boosting housing development in the country. The FMBN, in a statement by its Group Head, Corporate Communications, Zubaida Umar, said the housing scheme is a product of a strategic collaboration between FMBN and the country’s leading labour unions towards gradually addressing in a structured and sustainable manner, the housing requirement of their members currently estimated to be about 3,750,000 housing units.This includes fast-tracking the provision of safe, decent, quality and affordable housing to registered members of NLC, TUC, and NECA that also contribute to the National Housing Fund (NHF), which the FMBN manages.

The pilot phase of the programme aims to deliver 2,800 housing units in fourteen sites across the country. This includes 200 houses in each of the six xones in addition to Lagos and Abuja said the FMBN. It added that the ground-breaking ceremony of the project is billed for September at the 100-unit housing estate for Voice of Nigeria (VoN) in Abuja

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After a long stint as the Director- General of NECA , Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo retires.

Mr. Oshinowo became the Director-General on the 1st of September 1999. He has served NECA for 19years. "In the 19 years I have been at the helms of the affair of NECA, l have been very privileged to work with the most cooperative and supportive Employers anyone could hope for in the world. If the truth be told, the outstanding performance of the organisation under my watch is not as a result of what has been attributed to me as hallmarks of my tenure but more about the almost perfect context that has been created by Member-companies of NECA for my colleagues and I to blossom as we go about our daily duties. I am indeed appreciative of this rare privilege. I believe we are much stronger today as an organisation than we have ever been. We are more known as a BMO. Our impact on the socio-economic development of our nation is very evident".

Mr. Oshinowo went ahead to introduce his Successor, Mr. Timothy Olawale. Mr. Olawale he said, worked with him for 8 years and has in the last couple of years, been appropriately positioned to be the main point of interface with members in his capacity as the Director, Membership Services. Mr Oshinowo expresses his confidence in his successor: "I would like to assure you that things are bound to get much better as we move into the future in the light of the wise choice of my successor in the person of Mr. Timothy Olawale. I have no doubt in my mind that he is the man to lead NECA to the next phase of its evolution in a rapidly changing workplace and operating environment that calls for a new approach in the delivery of values to members.

In his closing remarks, he pledged his continuous support to the worthy cause of the Protection of Enterprise Rights: "As I exit the stage, I am leaving with fond memories of a very exciting and fulfilling career in NECA. I am a firm believer in free enterprise and the market economy. I will forever remain committed to the worthy cause of promoting and standing for the protection of Enterprise Rights. You will therefore always have me as an ally and can count on my support even in retirement.

A send forth cum Celebration Party was organised for the Legend, Astute Leader and Visionnaire Extraordinaire at NECA House on the 13th December 2018.

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