Mr. Abiodun Richards Adejola, the Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, has been elected as the Chairman of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). This appointment means that Ambassador Adejola will represent Nigeria and lead the ILO’s Governing Body for the duration of 2023/2024.
His election occurred during the Governing Body meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland, following the International Labour Conference (ILC). The ILC was attended by representatives from governments, employers, labor leaders, and civil society organizations worldwide, including Nigeria.
As the newly elected Chairman, Ambassador Adejola will be responsible for overseeing the decision-making and setting the agenda of the ILO for the upcoming year. In his acceptance speech, he expressed his joy and honor in assuming this leadership role on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the next Chairperson of the ILO Governing Body for the 2023-2024 session.
“We appreciate the thoughtfulness in nominating and confirming Nigeria to preside over the affairs of this decision-making and agenda-setting body of our century-old organization at time. We thank members of the Government Group deeming for the thoughtfulness of sharing the mandate to provide leadership at such a time when the world of work is facing one of its most challenging moments with Nigeria.
“As Nigeria accepts the responsibility of continuing from where Chile handed the baton, we are confident that our two vice chairs will extend their warm cooperation and support to us to sustain the accelerated progress of our predecessor.
“We will count on the goodwill and support of all government members of the Governing Body to move the stake of our organization higher. As we are no doubt aware, the demand for greater supervision, provision of technical assistance, and sharing of quality research findings from the ILO as the leading authority in the world of work is greater now than ever.
“The soaring level of unemployment, the disruptive impact of technology, the devastating effect of climate change, and regional demographics are the stark realities staring us in the face.
“Our agenda in future meetings should take on board these challenges to confront and shape global discourse as a matter of urgency. Our policy outcomes and decisions should inspire hope for a better quality of life and new opportunities.