Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Eastern Palm University, Imo State, Professor Dafe Otobo have called on union leaders to sustain the industrial harmony in Lagos, saying that such harmonious relationship is necessary for effective and efficient planning and implementation of development policies, programmes and projects.
The duo spoke on Monday at a Training / Seminar in Lagos for various labour unions in the State, tagged: “Effective Management Strategies in Labour Relations Practice”.
Governor Ambode, represented at the event by the State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson-Oke noted that the existence of the Joint Negotiating Council, NJC, and the modalities for conducting its affairs constitute a unique model for attaining and maintaining industrial peace and harmony in the State.
According to him, “The prevailing harmonious relationship between the government and the various trade unions in the State Public Service is an eloquent testimony to the harmonious relationship that characterised the entirety of his administration”.
He expressed the hope that all stakeholders at the training would take full advantage of the opportunity to further deepen the relationship of mutual trust that exists between the government and the unions in Lagos State.
The Governor added that it was expedient for all stakeholders in the human resources and industrial relations arm of the Lagos State Public Service not to rest on their oars in sustaining the existing atmosphere of industrial harmony in Lagos State and transform such harmony into even greater productivity.
Ambode, therefore, advised participants at the training to continue identifying and bringing all matters that may degenerate or fester into an unmanageable crisis to the attention of the appropriate bodies.
He also said that his administration recognised the place of periodic training in the management of labour relations noting that “another value is the value of committing to a perpetual regimen of training and re-training of skills”.
On his part, Professor Otobo reminded all the stakeholders at the training that successful industrial relations involve striking a balance of interests, where both parties need to continue to work together to strike the right balance and work towards doing with a sense of responsibility.
The Vice Chancellor also charged the trainees to rededicate themselves to the advancement of the present status of Lagos and the expansion of the capacity of the State Public Service.
The Chairman, Lagos State Public Service Joint Negotiation Council, NJC, Comrade Razak Alade recalled that the training programme would be the third in a series organised by Lagos State government, through Ministry of Establishment, for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding and keeping union leaders abreast of happenings in other climes.