DEMOCRACY AND PROGRESSION OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN NIGERIA

  • Kingsley Chike Anigbogu Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
  • Bonaventure Chigozie Uzoh Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
Keywords: Industrial Relations, Democratization, Democracy, Nigeria, System

Abstract

Democracy is perhaps, the singular most important design of mankind particularly as it overwhelmingly reflects the ideals of liberty, freewill and egalitarianism. Since attaining independence, Nigeria has experienced a greater period of military rule than democratic governance; as a result, every facet of the Nigerian society has over the years reflected this reality of militarization. The industrial relations system in Nigeria is not ‘immune’ to the effects of the nation’s “bitter” democratization process. As such, the industrial relations system in Nigeria since the colonial era has evolved alongside, Nigeria’s painstakingly difficult democratization process. This paper examines the synergy between democratization and industrial relations in Nigeria, raising pertinent issues. The paper throws its weight behind the principle that democratic rule provides a healthier environment for a blossoming industrial relations system, particularly, since government till date remains the single largest employer of labour. The paper advocates the internalization of core democratic values, structures and processes as one sure way of ensuring a vibrant industrial relations system in Nigeria  

Author Biographies

Kingsley Chike Anigbogu, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Bonaventure Chigozie Uzoh, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria

Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Published
2018-07-31
Section
Articles