By Linda Eroke
Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS) has gotten formal approval from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to award National diplomas in industrial and labour relations.
Director-General of the institution, Dr. John Olanrewaju, who made this known recently in Ilorin said achievement was part of the efforts at repandate and respond to emerging needs.
He explained that the diploma programme would address the challenge of convenient learning options for workers, in addition to providing them with knowledge and certificate that do not only aid performance of tasks but also support the career progress.
“We have been involved in several organisational development initiatives in the past one year, with considerable achievements: Three months ago, we got the formal approval from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to awards National diploma in industrial and labour relations.
“The approval was a major milestone, representing an unequivocal endorsement of several years of painstaking planning and investment on the part of the institute. We are continuing in our effort to regularly improve on the quality of the company’s profile in the areas of human resource and physical infrastructure,” he said.
Speaking further, Olanrewaju said the institute has undertaken the construction of a 20-room hostel facility in order to raise the capacity of the institute to provide first-rate accommodate to its clients.
This, he stated, was in addition to the 20-room hostel facility donated to the institute by the Kwara State government, which, he said, has been supportive to the cause of the institute.
He hinted that the institute is currently developing a 1000-seater auditorium in line with its objective of developing the largest labour education facility in the entire sub-continent.
“It is also in tandem with our vision of transforming the institute into a regional centre in labour education. When completed, this edifice will be fitted with state-of-the art facilities including conference units, syndicate rooms, multimedia devices, language translation services and interpreter cubicles, offices, business centre and other conveniences,” he added.
Olanrewaju said the institute is considering raising its current target of 1,500 in terms of number of workers trained annually, having consistently almost doubled this figure in the last two years.
He added that the institute collaborated with the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to organise a national industrial relations workshop in Benin-city, the Edo state capital.
Speaking on the institute’s international collaboration, the MINILS DG said: “Again we are expanding our network of relations with national and international institutions. We have plans for collaboration with international institutions next year, in the same way we anticipate signing memoranda of understanding with a couple of others. We hope to deploy the network of partnership in the interest of education of Nigerian workers”.