Social Protection Department

Social Protection Department is one of the newly created departments in the Institute. The department was established to build the capacity of the workforce in social security in the face of vulnerabilities and contingencies, and in raising occupational safety and health consciousness in the workman in view of growing new hazards in the workplace.

Social Protection is enshrined in Art. 22 & Art. 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and is one of the four pillars of the Decent Work Agenda of the ILO which promotes a rights-based approach to the concept. Thus, there is a global shift towards ensuring the wellbeing of workers through effective social protection and occupational safety and health programmes. The objectives include among others: ensuring a healthy workforce and improving workplace safety which assures productivity and growth; improvement of job/employment security; and protection against poverty and vulnerabilities.

In pursuance of the mandate of Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies to provide workers’ education, Social Protection Department (SPD) offers courses designed to contextualize the core elements of Social protection and Safe-work considered indispensable for the attainment of sustainable decent work.

The Department is comprised of two units namely:

a) Pension, Social Securities and Vulnerable Groups

b) Occupational Safety and Health


To achieve its goal, the department will organise educational programmes, engage in research and provide consultancy services to management executives, policy makers, employees, employers, trade unions and associations from various organizations across the country.

The courses would be participatory and inclusive, drawing from best practices around the globe. For effective service delivery, SPD will collaborate with Social Protection and Occupational Safety and Health experts from other organisations, and fields, such as Occupational Safety and Health Africa (OSHA), NGOs, CBOs, ILO office here in Nigeria as well as relevant governmental Departments, Agencies, and Multi-National organisations.