The Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) and the Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) have called on employers, employees and the government to be more innovative in deploying out-of-the-box ideas.
Tunji Olaopa, chairman of FCSC, made this known in a statement on Sunday when he received a team from NECA led by Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, the director-general.
Speaking during the visit, Olapa said that the move was a critical success factor in meeting the aspirations of the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu.
“As a former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, I knew first-hand the crisis and threats of industrial disharmony, the nuances, and how it is almost practically impossible to ward off such threats without constructive tripartism between the three social partners in industrial relations, workers, employers, and government,” he said.
He said work needs to be done to establish the required institutional framework for harmonious industrial relations, including legislative reform and revamping the protocols for collective bargaining and dispute resolution.
“The government may need to convene the tripartite social partners in a no-holds-barred dialogue where all the issues would be put on the table and resolved in a spirit of “give-and-take to achieve the working consensus on industrial harmony as a basis for praxis going forward,” he added.
Tinubu approved the appointment of Tunji Olaopa as chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission in October.
He also appointed 11 others to direct the affairs of the country’s civil service with effect from November 30, 2023.
Olaopa said that it was vital to strengthen the institutional capacity of the public sector to harness the full benefits of public-private partnerships.