It is high time for FG to allow ILO Convention against workplace violence

Nigeria division of International Lawyers Assisting Workers Network, ILAW, has united organized labor in Nigeria to plead with the Federal Government to approve the International Labour Organisation, ILO, assembly against violence and harassment at headquarters.


A memory that one of the milestones of the centenary sentiment of ILO in June 2019 was the adoption of Violence and Harassment Convention No.190 by member-countries including Nigeria.


In an affidavit by Femi Aborisade for ILAW Nigeria to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, argued that in “the context of the collective provisions of Article 19(5) of the ILO Constitution and Section 254C(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, ratification of an ILO Convention is an administrative function, which excludes the prescribed legislative role of the National Assembly under Section 12(1) of the 1999 Constitution.”


Among other’s needs, ILAW instructed the “Federal Government to ratify ILO Convention No. 190, by managerial action, without any additional delays.


“The Violence and Harassment Convention No.190 and the coexisting Recommendation No. 206 are the first worldwide criteria, which seek to ensure the right of everyone to a world of work free from turmoil and harassment.


“The Convention recognizes that behaviors that subject the other person to turmoil and harassment constitute human rights infringement issues.


“It, therefore, provides a receptacle to stave off, remedy, and eradicate violence and harassment in the world of work, encompassing gender-based violence and harassment.


“The Convention conserves everyone who works, irrespective of gender or contractual reputation, i.e. worker or employer, this Conference protects workers and other persons in the world of work.


“Whether individuals in exercise, encompassing interns and volunteers, laborers whose livelihood has been annulled, recruits, job seekers and job applicants, and people exercising the council, duties or obligations of an employer.


“Indeed, the extent of coverage includes all districts of the economy, private and public, formal or informal, urban and rural areas, in biological or real work settings, including work related to internet transmissions.



“Given the phenomenally surging rate of confrontations, emergencies, violence, multiple forms of socio-economic and political anxieties, Boko Haram rebellion, harms in internally-displaced persons, IDP, camps; wanton and immoral police killings, and extremely the alarming incidents of rape and homicide of rape victims, the most favorable time to uphold Convention 190 is now.”