Industrial Harmony Key To National Transformation- Ekweremadu

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By Olusegun Emmanuel, Abuja.
The National Assembly will continue to take all necessary legislative steps to promote industrial harmony in Nigeria,saying it was an  important ingredient in fast-tracking the country’s transformation agenda.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu gave the  assurance in Abuja at the public presentation of the book “National Industrial Court of Nigeria: Law, Practice and Procedure.”

Senator Ekweremadu said the desire to promote industrial harmony in the country informed the decision of the National Assembly  to effect a Third Amendment to the 1999 constitution, to firmly make the National Industrial Court a superior court of record exclusively vested with jurisdiction over all labour, employment and ancillary matters.

He said:  “We realised that  for the Court to function appropriately and effectively, there was the need to  confer it with constitutional status as a superior court of  record and vest it  with exclusive jurisdiction over labour and employment  matters.

“The National Assembly believes that industrial harmony is an indispensable ingredient in our quest for national development. We believe that  a labourer deserves not only his or her wages, but also working conditions and
environment that maximises his or her potentials for  national transformation. And  we also believe that employers of labour are also entitled to the services they pay for.”

Senator Ekweremadu described the book authored by the Lead Consultant  to the Senate Committee on Constitution Review and a Professor of Law, Offornze Amucheazi and Mr. Paul Abba as a “timely effort to fill the attendant knowledge
gap regarding the adjudication of labour and employment matters in Nigeria under the new dispensation”.

The book reviewer, Prof. Maxell Gidado described the book as a sound effort in simplifying labour and employment adjudication under the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The event was attended by the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Babatunde Adejumo; while the  Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and the  Governor of Anambra, Dr Willie Obiano were represented.