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Mark canvasses law on work place safety

By Ben Agande

ABUJA—The president of the Senate, Senator David Mark has called for a comprehensive review of the relevant laws that deal with the safety of workers in the private and public sector in order to ensure that they are adequately compensated in case of any accident in the course of their duties.

Senator Mark spoke yesterday while declaring open a public hearing on three bills relating to the safety, welfare and compensation for workmen in their work places said it is important that the safety of workers are taken very seriously.

The bills being considered are workmen’s compensation bill; labour safety health and welfare bill and safety professional practice bill 2008.

The Senate President who was represented by the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba,  SAN, noted that the three bills being considered were not only outdated but were all redundant hence the need for their review.

He said the amendments to the bills were tailored towards increasing productivity and protecting the workforce from undue injury and safeguarding them against work place injuries.

In his welcome address, the chairman of the senate committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity, Senator Wilson Ake said the labour force as the ‘iron in the beams of nationhood and cement on the walls of national development’ must be adequately protected.

He said as a responsible institution, ‘the senate attaches a great premium on the need for a rigourous and appropriate legislataion and regulation in health and safety standards of the Nigeria workers.


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