Labour ministry inaugurates c’ttee on occupational safety
The Ministry of Labour and Employment yesterday inaugurated the National Tripartite Technical Committee on the development of the first National Occupational Safety and Health profile in Nigeria.
The aim is to align with the rest of the world in the pursuit of sustainable preventive occupational safety.
The Director, Occupational Safety and Health Department in the ministry, Mrs. Nofisat Arogundade, who represented the minister, Sen. Chris Ngige at the inauguration, 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, thereby creating the prospect for methodical review of the progress and impact of the National Occupational Safety and Health Management in Nigeria.
While appreciating the support of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), she said the development of Occupational Safety and Health profile was guided by ILO Convention C.187 and Recommendation R.197. The Director, ILO Country Office in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Liaison Office of ECOWAS, Mr. Dennis Zulu, congratulated the ministry and its partners on the successful inauguration of the committee.
“The ILO has always been strongly committed to develop preventive occupational safety and health strategies aimed at protecting worker’s health and promoting workers’ wellbeing through improvements in their working condition and environments in order to prevent and control occupational accidents and work-related diseases,’’ he said.