To be a regional center of excellence in labour studies and globally renowned labour institution.

Our Core Values

- Professionalism
- Inclusivity
- Dialogue
- Service Delivery
- Innovativeness
- Transparency
- Client-Focused
- Development
- Diversity
- Gender Sensitivity

Our Mission

Building the capacity of workers, employers and government officials in labour and industrial relations through training, research, education and inter-institutional linkages to promote labour management relations best practices and industrial harmony for sustainable development.

Training Departments/Contact Info.

Social Protection Department

HOD: Mrs. Olaide Ajiboye, (Director, SPD)

For further info and enquiry please contact
HOD on +2348033773265

Trade Union Education Department

Ag. HOD: Mr. M. J. Raji (Deputy Director, LMR)

For further information and enquiry please contact
HOD on +2348034981941,

Entrepreneurship Development Department

HOD: Mr. Ayorinde Ezekiel (Director, EDD)

For further infomation and enquiry please contact
HOD on +2348036145550,

Labour Management Relations Department

Ag. HOD: Mr. A. R. Ajay (Assist. Director, LMR)

For further info and enquiry please contact
HOD on +2348062325807, email:,

Academic & Distance Learning Department

Ag. HOD: Dr. Adamade Sylvanus (Deputy Director, ADLP)

For further info and enquiry please contact
HOD on +2348039404592,

Know the Institute

MICHAEL IMOUDU NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LABOUR STUDIES (MINILS) was established in 1986 through a statute of the Federal government of Nigeria (Decree 2 of 1986; now, MINILS Act Cap 261 of the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1990).

Generated out of Policy directions enunciated in the 3rd National Development Plan (1975 – 1980)

The official foundation laying of the Institute was undertaken by President Shagari, GCFR on May 4 1983.

The law formerly establishing the Institute as National Institute for Labour Studies (NILS) came on stream in 1986, three years after the foundation laying ceremony.

In honour of the veteran labour activist and leader of the 1945 general strike, Pa Michael Aitokhiamen Omiunu, the Institute was renamed Michael Imoudu Institute for Labour Studies (MIILS) on May 1, 1992.

The word ‘national’ was added subsequently in order to project the public status of the institution.

DG/CEO From Inception

High Profiles

Sen. (Dr.) Chris N. Ngige OON; MD; KSJI
Hon. Minister of Labour & Employment
Mr. Festus Keyamo SAN, FCIArb(UK)
Hon. Min. of State for Labour & Employement
council chairman
Prince Sam Okpako Onokhomowo
Chairman, MINILS Governing Council
Comrade Issa AREMU, mni, NPoM
Director-General/CEO, MINILS

Governing Council Chairmen From Inception

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Alhaji Shuaib_oyedokun
Hon. Herman_Hembe
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prince Sam_Okpako_onokhomowo

Our Mandate

As provided for in Section 2 of the Enabling Act, the Institute has the following mandate:

to provide workers’ education generally so as to enhance the role of trade unions in the social and economic development of the country and equip trade union officials and managers with skills normally required for collective bargaining and joint consultation in fostering the growth of better labour and management relations;

to provide opportunities for policy makers in the field of labour and social policy in industry, in the trade unions and in government to acquire by personal experience a full understanding of the issues which confronts them in their day-to-day work;

to provide and arrange comparative study and investigation of the principles and techniques of trade unionism and thereby assist Government  in evolving a virile and well-organised trade union  movement capable of giving full and responsible expression to the needs of workers and the aspirations of the country;

to undertake, organize and facilitate study courses, conferences, lectures, seminars and the like with a view to improving the standard of the trade union administration and infusing a sense of direction and accountability;

to promote research through collaboration with Universities and Institutes concerned with industrial relations and labour matters;

to award grants, scholarships travel fellowships for research in labour studies and allied subjects;

to undertake and provide for publication of journals, research papers and books in furtherance of the aforesaid objectives.

Our Facilities