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Occupational safety, health profile underway in Nigeria- FG

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

IN line with global trends in the pursuit of sustainable preventive Occupational Safety and Health culture,  the Federal Government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has inaugurated the National Tripartite Technical Committee on the Development of the first National Occupational Safety and Health profile in Nigeria.

Represented by the Director, Occupational Safety and Health Department in the Ministry, Mrs. Nofisat Arogundade, the Minister said the National Occupational Safety and Health Profile when completed, would play a vital role in providing insight for the systematic strengthening of the National Occupational Safety and Health System. This will create prospect for the methodical review of the progress and impact of the National Occupational Safety and Health Management in Nigeria.

According to him: “The development of Occupational Safety and Health Profile is a significant step towards sustainable Occupational Safety and Health management in Nigeria, this giant stride marks the beginning of our nation`s efforts towards the development of the first National Occupational Safety and Health profile to benchmark Safety and Health Management system in Nigeria.

“Occupational Safety and Health is a critical component of Decent Work Country Programme which does not only impact on Labour Protection but equally has over bearing influence on productivity in the national economy.” While appreciating the support of the International Labour Organisation, ILO, Ngige explained that the development of Occupational Safety and Health profile was guided by ILO Convention 187 and Recommendation 197.

Earlier, Mr. Dennis Zulu, Director ILO country office in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Liaison office of ECOWAS, congratulated the Ministry of Labour  and social partners on the successful inauguration of the Technical Committee on Occupational Safety and Health profile.

He said: “ILO has always been strongly committed to developing preventive Occupational Safety and Health strategies aimed at protecting worker’s health and promote workers’ wellbeing through improvements in their working condition and environments in order to prevent and control occupational accidents and work-related diseases.”


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