• Minister urges NECA oto expand n membership drive
Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige has expressed concern over the neglect of occupational health and safety in the workplace across the country, saying the government will, henceforth, enforce Factories Act of 1990 as it concerns occupational health and safety.
The minister said it was regrettable that the occupational safety and health component of labour had been neglected.
He said the International Labour Organisation (ILO) had drawn their attention to the lack of personnel in the area by most African countries.
Speaking when a delegation from the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers visited him in his office, the Minister said: “We are geared up towards implementing and enforcing those laws, because we have enough labour laws in this country to cater for occupational Health and safety of the workers and the employers.
Meanwhile, Ngige has called on the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) to do more by bringing other employers into their folds.
Addressing reporters in Abuja, Ngige said NECA needs to work hard to bring others, such as Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) into its fold to ensuring inclusiveness and efficiency.
He said: “NECA has been in existence for 60 years and have achieved a lot, but considering the number of years, the responsibilities it’s meant to undertake and the current challenges facing the private sector employment and other labour related issues, I can’t say it has done well enough. I told the DG this in Lagos during their 60 years anniversary, recently celebrated.
“This is because lots of other groups like MAN, NACCIMA and host of others ought to have been part and parcel of NECA. You can imagine that the just concluded ILO conference was held without these other groups.”
While speaking on the just-concluded International Labour Conference (ILC), in Geneva, the minister said NECA would have made a robust presentation if others were to be part of the forum.
He also explained the benefits of Nigeria’s presence at the conference and gains thereof in the positions Nigeria was elected into various capacity of ILO body.
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