LABOUR (THEMATIC AREA)

  1. Introduction:

The Labour thematic focus of the Commission principally has to do with the promotion of right based approach to labour, employment, remuneration, union etc. Team members are: (i) Fatima Mai (CLO)  (ii) Angela Ogbame (CLO) (iii) Patrick Ebhodaghe (PLO) (iv) Bimbo Olanubi (SIO).

  1. Body:

There are several international, regional and municipal labour instruments under which the labour thematic area operates, some of these instruments are; i. Forced Labour Convention, 1930 ii. Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 iii.Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 iv. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) v. Labour Act.

The Commission through the Labour thematic focus area engages with both local and international organizations on activities that promotes international best practices on labour.

  1. Activities:

On the 9th of August, 2019, the Labour thematic focus team and the Director, Women, Children and Vulnerable Group Department, Mr. Harry obe, hosted some staff of the International Labour Organization (ILO) at the Commission. The reason for the ILO’s visit was for the Commission to contribute to the ILO’s regional report on fair recruitment. Members of the ILO team were: i. Ms. Lotte Kejser ii.Austin Erameh iii. Mansour Omeira.

On the 19th September, 2019, the Director, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Mr. Salihu Musa, the Director, Corporate Affairs and External Linkages, Mr. Lambert Opara, the Director, Civil and Political Rights, Mr. A.A. Yakubu with some members of staff of the ESCR department played host to the United Nations Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and Non-Discrimination, Leilani Farha and Jon Izarirre Garcia, Human Rights Officer at the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner.

  1. Conclusion:

The UN Special Rapporteur, Leilani Farha, was at the Commission on a fact finding mission to ascertain how the Commission handles complaints on inadequate housing, forced eviction/compulsory acquisition of properties by government, demolition etc.

She was also interested in the final report of the Commission’s Special Panel on Forced Eviction and Demolition constituted by the then Governing Council of the Commission.