The idea of establishing a National Labour Institute dates back to the Third National Development Plan 1975 -1980 when the Federal Government of Nigeria took over the Patrice Lumumba Labour Institute and Trade Union Institute for Economic and Social Development Established by the banned Nigerian Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULCN) respectively.
The antecedents and rationale behind the establishment of the National Institute for Labour Studies were therefore enunciated in the 1975 National Labour Policy and Plan. The objective was pursued with vigour during the Second Republic when the foundation stone of the Institute was laid in Ilorin by the then Civilian President, Shehu Shagari on 4th May 1983. The Institute has its legal backing vide Act Cap 261 of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 (formerly known as Decree No. 5 of 1986).
NIILS was renamed Michael Imoudu Institute for Labour Studies, Ilorin by the then Military President of the Country, General Ibrahim Babangida, on 1st May 1992 in honour of Nigeria’s stout defender of workers’ rights, Pa Michael Imoudu.
Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS) is Nigeria’s foremost institute for labour education. Established vide Act Cap 261 of the Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1990 as the only tripartite Institution in the West African Sub-Region responsible for providing workers’ education.
Our Mandate MINILS mandate is to provide workers’ education. Pursuant to this mandate, the institute is involved in several activities in the areas of training, research, education, publication and consultancy.
The Institute undertakes extensive initiatives aimed at building the capacity of workers and their union; promoting exchange between Industrial relations parties in the interest of Industrial harmony; developing international linkages to encourage best practices and global solidarity and; advancing the frontiers of knowledge on labour matters.
Every year at least a thousand worker from both the public and private sectors of the Nigeria economy benefit directly from the capacity building work of the institute. The vision is for MINILS to be a regional centre of excellence in labour education within West Africa, and an internationally renowned labour institution.