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FG Signs ILO Convention 190 to Eliminate Violence, Harassment at Workplace

The Federal Government says it has signed the Instrument of Ratification for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No.190 aimed to eliminate violence and harassment in the workplace.

Ms Kachollom Daju, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, said this at the opening of a two-day workshop, organised for Professional Officers in the Northern Geo-Political Zones on Thursday in Abuja.

The workshop was tagged, “Regional Sensitisation Workshop on ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment and Eliminating Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the workplace.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Convention No.190 (C190) is the first international treaty to recognised the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.

The Convention was adopted in June 2019, by the International Labour Conference of the ILO and came into force on June 25, 2021.

It also said  that governments that ratified the C190 would be required to put in place the necessary laws and policy measures to prevent and address violence and harassment in the world of work.

The Convention represents a historic opportunity to shape a future of work, based on dignity and respect for all.

The permanent secretary said that  President Muhammadu Buhari, had signed the Instrument for ILO Convention No.190 on Violence and Harassment.

According to her, the document is set to be deposited with the Director General of the ILO by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

“Nigeria is the fourth country in Africa and the eighth in the world to ratify the Convention.

“The ministry has already inserted prohibitions on violence and harassment, including sexual harassment in the just concluded review of the National Labour Bills.

“The ratification comes with an enormous responsibility and reporting obligation for Nigeria, ’’ she said.

 

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

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