The Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity recently renamed as Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment is one of the oldest Ministries in Nigeria. It began as a Department of Labour in the then Colonial office in 1932 and developed into a full-fledged Ministry in 1952. The Ministry is established under item 34, Second Schedule of the Exclusive List, 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The Ministry is structured into six Zonal labour offices, nine Departments consisting of six Professional and three Service Departments. It operates 36 State Labour Offices and the FCT, 23 District Labour Offices Labour Desk Office, Geneva, Switzerland. Recently nine (9) Labour Desk were approved for nine Ministries, Department and Agencies. In addition, it oversees Five (5) Parastatals and relates with several national and international Bodies and Organizations.
i. Department of the Ministry
Employment and wages
Trade Unions Services and Industrial Relations
Productivity Measurement and standards
Skills Development and Certification
Policy Analysis Research and Statistics
Finance and Accounts
Reform Coordination and Service Improvement
Six (6) Zonal Labour Offices:
a. South West –Lagos
b. South East – Enugu
c. South-South – PortHarcourt
d. North-East – Bauchi
e. North-West – Kaduna
f. North- Central – Makurdi
ii. Agencies of the Ministry
National Directorate of Employment (NDE)
National Productivity Centre (NPC)
Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS)
Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF)
Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP).
iii. Local and International Social Partners
National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC)
National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN)
National Council on Productivity (NCP)
National Employment Council (NEC)
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)
Trade Unions Congress (TUC)
Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA)
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Africa Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC)
Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU)
Africa Union, Labour and Social Affairs Commission (AULSAC)
Organization Of Trade Union of West Africa
Pan African Employers Association
Pan African Productivity Association (PAPA)
International Social Security Association (ISSA)
Development and promotion of productive employment policies and programmes for employment generation and actualization of the National Action Plan on Employment Creation and the Local Employment Content initiatives of the Federal Government.
Stimulation and enhancement of national Productivity Consciousness, rewards for excellence and promotion of national competitiveness.
Skills Development, upgrading, certification, placement and empowerment of artisans, tradesmen and applicants in various areas of national needs
Provision of Social Security Coverage, Welfare and Employee’s Compensation to the nations workforce
Provision of Labour Protection Services, supervision, enforcement, Education, Promotion of Social Justice, Ratification, Implementation and Review of National Labour Laws and Policies including collective bargained agreements.
Trade Unions Education and Training
International Labour Diplomacy
Promotion of Occupational Safety and Health
Administration of the Factories Act
3. Vision Statement: To facilitate and promote peaceful, productive and harmonious industrial relations, safe and decent working environment and enhanced social security coverage for all Nigerians.
Mission Statement: To create an enabling environment for growth and sustainable development through best practices in labour administration.
4. Policy Environment:
National Policy on Employment
National Policy on Productivity
National Policy on Occupational Safety, Health and Welfare
National Policy on HIV/AIDS at work
National Policy on Labour Migration
National Policy on Child Labour
Guideline on labour Contracting and Outsourcing in the oil and gas industry
Guidelines on Skills Development and Training
Other Guidelines, Codes Of Practice And Regulations
National Policy on Occupational Safety and Health
5. Legal Framework for Labour Administration:
1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
Labour Act, Cap L1, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN), 2004.
Trade Unions Act, Cap T14, LFN, 2004.
Trade Unions (Amended) Act, 2005.
Trade Disputes Act, Cap T8, LFN, 2004
Trade Disputes (Essential Services) Act, Cap T9, LFN, 2004
National Minimum Wage Act, 2010
Employment Compensation Act, 2010
Wages Board and Industrial Council Act, 2004
Other subsidiary Legislations, Regulations, Codes of Practice.
Public Service Rules, Circulars and Notices
ILO Conventions, Recommendations and Protocols
Nigeria Factories Act