The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Wednesday said that the Federal Government had instituted a national policy on occupational safety and health to prevent work place accident.
Ngige represented by the South-West Zonal Director of the Ministry, Mrs Ifeoms Anyanwu, spoke at the opening of a three-day conference for workers of various organisations in Lagos.
The conference with the theme: “Expanding Social Protection through occupational safety and health,” was organised by the Lagos State Safety Commission.
Ngige also said that the government had put in place a health and safety inspection to enforce compliance with the legislation.
According to him, safety education and training play vital roles in imbuing a safety culture among workers.
Ngige said that it was the priority of the present administration to ensure safe, healthy and decent work that would eradicate poverty, but achieve equitable and sustainable development.
He said that the government had the responsibility of providing infrastructure, laws, guidelines and polices but the people must endeavour to stop deaths, diseases and injuries on the job.
In his opening address, Mr Fohab Oki, the Director of the Commission, said that the conference was organised to address some of the challenges faced by employers and their employees.
Oki said that the event would help to resolve issues of work place right and the role of employees and employers in occupational safety.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress,(NLC) Mr Hakeem Kazeem, in his goodwill message said that the government should ensure that companies in the country adhere to labour laws.
Kazeem said that government should ensure that any company, especially foreign companies that abuses labour laws and fails to comply with safety and health regulations should be persecuted.
He said that the implementation of safety laws would curb poverty and reduce occupational deaths.
Mr Gbolahan Shaw, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, said that it was important for factory workers to wear safety gadgets because they would not only save their lives but the lives of others.
Shaw urged the commission to ensure the continuous success of the conference as the law makers would continue to support the event. (NAN)
From Leadership News.