Nigeria: Labour & Employment 2016
The employment market in Nigeria is going through some significant changes. The government is pressing ahead with its social investment programme, including job schemes such as N-Power, which is designed to provide and develop skills for Nigerians to support and maintain their local communities as well as become contributors in the domestic and global markets. With 500 billion naira having been provided for it in the 2016 budget, this is one of the most ambitious social protection programmes in Nigeria’s history. It will provide employment opportunities for graduates across the education, agriculture, healthcare, construction and software industries, among others. This scheme is being heralded as a success, with the scheme’s newly launched jobs portal receiving 400,000 registrations in its first 36 hours of going live. Against this backdrop our research identifies three outstanding individuals.
Templars is home to the “fantastic” Olumide Akpata, who impresses clients with his “close attention to detail” and “through understanding of our business needs”. He advises major clients on a wide variety of labour and immigration matters including immigration compliance, employment contracts and private pension schemes.
AÉLEX boats Ola Orewale, who has a “track record of excellence”” in the field. As a partner in the dispute resolution practice group, he has wide experience providing representation to clients on labour and employment issues. His clients include financial institutions, corporate organisations, government agencies and multinational companies who praise him for his “commercial acumen” and “thorough and imaginative approach” to their most difficult problems.
From Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Uzoma Azikiwe is head of the firm’s litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution team. According to respondents, “He has an excellent understanding and experience of labour law and related disputes.”