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Ngige reiterates FG's commitment on job creation
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, has again assured Nigerians of the com­mitment of the present ad­ministration of President Mu­hammadu Buhari, to continue the protection of the Nigerian workforce, work efficiency and by extension productivity at work places.
Represented by the Per­manent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Em­ployment, Dr. Clement Illoh, at the Validation Workshop for Diving, Pressure Vessels and Lifting Equipment regu­lations, Ngige, while declar­ing open the workshop said, “Technology and Develop­ment come with various risks on the human wellbeing. The ever changing world of work requires effective and up to date intervention for a pre­ventative safety and health culture. Therefore, the need for subsidiary legislations to address contemporary chal­lenges of safety and health at work places is imperative.”
He futher said the benefits of the regulation which includes provision of a close guide for stakeholders’ compliance with relevant provisions of the factories ACT for safe work environment and processes, provision of more details and guide for the safe operations of Divers which will provide re­duction in incidents and their consequences at work places
The Minister also revealed that a list of competent per­sons who were re-appointed after a refresher training work­shop and necessary evaluation was available in his Ministry. He said “these persons were reappointed for the purposes of examination and texts lift­ing equipment and pressure vessels.’’
However, Ngige warned that it is now an offence to use per­sons or group of persons not certified within the law of the land, adding that his Ministry is determined to root out all fake and incompetent Autho­rized inspectors from the sys­tem. He concluded
Earlier in his welcome ad­dress, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Clement Illoh, said, ‘’ Diving Opera­tions are no doubt one of the most hazardous occupations; the workers in this sector are exposed to physical, mechani­cal, Biological and psychoso­cial risk factors. However, the risk can be reduced signifi­cantly by adherence to regula­tions and adopting codes and standard in line with interna­tional best practices.’’

In their separate remarks, the representative of the of the International Labour Organi­zation ILO Dr. Runo Onos­ode and the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC, Comrade Maureen Onyia described the draft diving, pressure vessels and lifting equipment regula­tions policy as timely while urging the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to ensure full implementation of the policy upon its approval by the Federal Executive Council

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