The Federal Government says it has signed the Instrument of Ratification for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No.190 aimed to eliminate violence and harassment in the workplace.
Ms Kachollom Daju, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, said this at the opening of a two-day workshop, organised for Professional Officers in the Northern Geo-Political Zones on Thursday in Abuja.
The workshop was tagged, “Regional Sensitisation Workshop on ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment and Eliminating Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the workplace.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Convention No.190 (C190) is the first international treaty to recognised the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.
The Convention was adopted in June 2019, by the International Labour Conference of the ILO and came into force on June 25, 2021. It also said that governments that ratified the C190 would be required to put in place the necessary laws and policy measures to prevent and address violence and harassment in the world of work.
The Convention represents a historic opportunity to shape a future of work, based on dignity and respect for all.
The permanent secretary said that President Muhammadu Buhari, had signed the Instrument for ILO Convention No.190 on Violence and Harassment.
According to her, the document is set to be deposited with the Director General of the ILO by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
“Nigeria is the fourth country in Africa and the eighth in the world to ratify the Convention.
“The ministry has already inserted prohibitions on violence and harassment, including sexual harassment in the just concluded review of the National Labour Bills.
“The ratification comes with an enormous responsibility and reporting obligation for Nigeria, ’’ she said.
Daju, however, called on labour officers in the states to ensure the implementation, intercept and intervene in all cases of violence and harassment, and other related unfair labour practices in all workplaces after the convention is domesticated.
The permanent secretary therefore, charged the labour officers to do their jobs diligently as the ministry would be depending on them to generate and gather data for the purpose.
According to Daju, the data will be used to develop a comprehensive First Report of Nigeria’s implementation of the Convention to the ILO when the time comes.
She commended ILO for providing the technical support for the workshop, and for its support in ensuring that Nigeria’s Labour Administration System operated in line with international best practice.
Earlier, Mrs Juliana Adebambo, Director, Productivity Measurement and Labour Standards, said the ministry, with the technical support from the ILO, had convened a series of preliminary activities across the six geo-political zones in the country.
Adebambo said this was to facilitate wide spread and acceptance of the Convention in Nigeria.
A mental health expert, Ms Saadatu Adamu, on Thursday, called for integration of mental health awareness into the country’s development agenda.
Adamu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that mental health awareness would help the society work toward eliminating its stigmas and improve the lives of the citizens.
She listed the signs of poor mental health to included: mood swings, isolation, not feeling good enough, depression and poor eating habits, urging those depressed to seek professional help.
According to her, civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have huge roles to play in advocating for mental health awareness in the country.
“It is important for us to always create awareness, as this can never be enough and this is the only way people can understand the signs and how to manage others.
“With this, people can understand their social skills, emotional balance and intelligence.
“People can understand lots of things.
Until we talk about this thing called mental health, it will be difficult to come to terms with the signs and symptoms.
“So awareness is very important, and I want to call on NGOs, CSOs and government to help us by talking about this mental health so that everybody can be happy rather than feeling stigmatized,’’ she said.
The mental health expert also called on Nigerians to practise self-care and work-life balance, as many were currently battling work-related stress and anxiety.
According to her, stress can lead to cardiovascular diseases and death, stressing creating time to replenish oneself is very crucial.
NAN quotes WHO and International Labour Organisation (ILO), in a new release, as calling for concrete actions to address mental health concerns among the working population.
The two UN bodies said that an estimated 12 billion workdays were lost annually due to depression and anxiety, costing the global economy nearly 1 trillion dollars.
In a bid to engage the senior citizens and make them more productive, The University of Third Age Nigeria (U3A), an online non-conventional university, was on Saturday evening launched in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that U3A Nigeria was chartered by the Association of International Universities of the Third Age (AIUTA) in France.
NAN reports that the first university of U3A was established in 1973 in France with the cooperation of International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNESCO.
It has since been established in more than 75 countries across the six continents of the world.
In his remarks at the launching, Mr Babajide Afolabi, the U3A Coordinator for U.
S and Canada, called for collaborations from the government and private sector.
Afolabi said: “We are looking forward to a very successful entrepreneurship or partnership with various arm of the private sector.
“This is to help push the programme in the form of humanity support for elders to enjoy their prime years.
” He said that establishment of the online academy was to enable the senior citizens to have easy access to further learning through their mobile phones and Internet.
“The platform is designed for easy use.
It is designed so that our seniors will have access with their mobile phones and Internet.
“The beauty of this platform is the simplicity of usage.
Even, on it, you can form community of like-minds to interact and share ideas.
“It gives us and government the opportunity to have a very decent community where our elders are not forgotten,” he said.
Afolabi said that interested Nigerians of any age could register with U3A online to learn from over 300 courses with just N5,000 membership fee per annum.
Also, the U3A President Nigeria, Dr Charles Afolabi, said that the institution being a non-conventional university, has its spread in over 75 countries, adding by 2023, it would mark its 50th anniversary in Nigeria.
Afolabi said that the money invested in the university was sourced from individuals within the organisation.
“There is no job for life.
It is either the job leaves you or you leave the job; so, we continue to learn forever.
Nigeria has a reservoir of elders with brains and vocations.
“We want them to pass these to our youths for better engagement and we want to help UN to reduce poverty level comes 2030,” he said.
Commenting, Arvind Betala, the Edusity Co-Founder, said that one of the fundamental principles of U3A was the need to remove the boundaries.
“One of the fundamental principles of U3A is that we need to remove the boundaries.
“The boundaries can be estimated that they have to go to school, there is a boundary of communication,” Betala said.
Prof. Francois Vellas, the U3A President worldwide, who joined the session through a virtual platform, recounted how the university was brought to Nigeria.
Vellas said the development of U3A with the support of AIUTA was important for senior citizens to be proud of longline learning anywhere.
In his remarks, Mr Ademola Babalola, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council, urged Nigerians to support the institution, being a first full online university to be established in Nigeria, through U3A.
From Left: Mr Babajide Afolabi, U3A International Coordinator; Mr Ademola Babalola, Oyo State NUJ Chairman; Dr Charles Afolabi, U3A President Nigeria and Mr Arvind Betala, Edusity Co-Founder, at the official launching of the online University of the Third Age (U3A) on Saturday evening in Lagos.
Babalola said: “I implore Nigerians to embrace this new reality in the area of learning and research innovation.
“The good thing about it is that it has no age barrier.
“This is a non-conventional university sponsored by some kind-hearted people across the globe.
“I want to urge the Federal Government to key into this project since they are making efforts toward digital literacy.
” Commenting, Mr Tunji Ajibade, the General Manager, Soul FM, Ibadan, said the meeting thought him that it was good to take care of the senior citizens and the need for them to relate with others.
“You can’t just say because you are old, you are tired.
It is when you relate with others that you will be able to learn new things from them and be able to do other things for yourself,” Ajibade said.
Among the guest lecturers at the workshop proceeding the launching were Mrs Bolatito Joseph, the Zonal Director, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria(FRCN), Ibadan; Mr Kayode Odedokun, the Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Oyo State and Dr (Mrs) Abimbola Afolabi, from the University of Ibadan.
The event was also attended by the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, represented by a Senior Chief Ademola Odunade, the Ayingun Olubadan of Ibadanland, among others.
NAN reports that U3A also have a Nigeria Television, which offers contents designed for the elderly in the areas of health, education, sports, religion, entertainment and news.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called on the Federal Government to create more jobs and economic opportunities as key drivers in the promotion of peace, resilience and social cohesion in the country.
The ILO Country Director to Nigeria, Ms Vanessa Phala said this in a Panel Session tagged “Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria’’ on Thursday in Abuja.
The event was organised by the ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to mark the 2022 International Peace Day. The 2022 theme for the International Peace Day is “End Racism and Build Peace’’ and it is celebrated annually on Sept. 21. Phala said that globally, almost 2 billion people were still living in fragile and conflict effected situation where poverty was increasingly concentrated.
“The ILO believes that employment, decent working condition and social dialogue can contribute to peace and resilience, ’’she said.
Phala also said that in collaboration with member states, tripartite constituents and other stakeholder, the ILO supports an employment-centered crisis.
“In Nigeria, according to the United State Institute for Peace, the government of Nigeria has successfully intensified the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram.
“Yet the country also faces resurgent militancy in the Delta, increased agitation by pro-Biafra nationalists in the Southeast, conflicts over land use in the Middle Belt, and an economic crisis triggered primarily by low oil prices.
“The lack of peace in Nigeria can be linked to a lack of employment and economic opportunities for the growing young population.
“As a result, achieving peace goes beyond military force alone.
The country must deploy Social Dialogue by interacting with all population, groups and creating decent jobs for the growing younger population, ’’she said.
Phala said that the ILO Recommendation on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation, 2017 (No. 205) refered to important principles that would foster peace in the world of work.
She added that this include the freedom from child labour and forced labour, freedom of association and collective bargaining, and tripartite social dialogue, non-discrimination, and equality at work, Labour Inspection, among others.
Phala however, said that Nigeria had ratified most of the conventions concerning the thematic areas.
She said the ILO supervisory bodies had requested some practical and legislative measures for their improved implementation.
Also, Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said that social dialogue and the application of labour standards had remained key in the Labour Administration System.
Ngige, represented by Mrs Juliana Adebayo, Director, Productivity and Measurement Standard in the ministry, said the topic, “Using Social Dialogue and Labour Standards in Promoting Peace and Resilience in Nigeria’’ underscores the essence of tripartism in Labour Administration System.
“The critical role of social dialogue to stabilising our industrial relations pace was demonstrated during the negotiation on the National Minimum age and the recent concluded review of the Labour Bill, ‘’he said.
He said that government had created a stable political and civil climate in Nigeria that had enabled employers and workers organisations to operate freely without fear of reprisal.
He added that the government has ratified conventional tripartite consultation convention such as the International Labour Standard which is the highest attestation to the commitment.
“Government has also realized that, social dialogue is a veritable tool for the promotion of industrial peace and harmony, decent work, income distribution, among other in the country.
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has described0 youths as critical stakeholders for achieving global peace.
Ms Ulla Mueller, Country Representative, UNFPA said this on Mondy at a meeting with youths to commemorate the World Peace Day in Abuja.
Mueller, represented by Mr Macauley Christian, Humanitarian Coordinator, UNFPA, described the youths as the engine of renovation in the process of achieving peace.
“Young people matter.
They are the engine for renovation.
They are indispensable in the promotion of peace and nation building.
“When there is no peace or justice, Sexual and Gender Based Violence is heightened,” She said.
The Country Representative, who reiterated the importance of the youths in peace promotion, said the meeting was an opportunity to amplify advocacy against Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
Mr Dino Corell, Employment and Migration Officer, International Labour Organisation (ILO) urged the youth to always promote peace in the society, which he said was important for development to take place.
Corell explained that peace would be a mirage if the youths were not engaged in the conversation on how to achieve it.
Mr Marwan Gwamba, Member, Nigerian Youth Parliament, expressed the commitment of Nigerian youths to peace and development.
Gwamba said they would collectively continue to propagate the message of peace and justice for a prosperous Nigeria.
He commended the UN for the opportunity and affirmed the willingness of Nigerian youths to give peace a chance through actions and advocacy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on Sept. 21. The UN General Assembly has declared the day to strengthening the ideals of peace by observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire in conflict areas.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says it is providing technical support to the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure the amendment of labour laws.
Ms Vanessa Phala, ILO Country Director, made the disclosure at the 15th Annual Banking and Finance Conference, organised by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
Phala spoke with newsmen on the sideline of the conference after a panel discussion on the topic, “Workforce Globalisation: Opportunities and Threat’’.
According to her, ILO is currently playing a role in the dispute between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government.
“The role that we can play is not different from the role that we are already playing.
“I must indicate that the Federal Government has been in the process of reviewing labour laws and ILO has been in the forefront providing technical support.
“This is to make sure that the revision is in line with some of the conventions that the government has ratified.
“I think with what is happening with the ASUU situation, is of course happening in different countries.
I had an opportunity to be in South Africa an in the forefront of negotiating amendments to labour laws.
“So, you do get situations where the matter drags on for a very long period of time, but it’s unfortunate.
This is because we are talking about the future of the generation of Nigeria and that will actually contribute towards the economic growth and development of the country,’’ she said.
Phala advised that it was essential for parties to understand and recognise the need for speedy resolution of the problem.
She said, “I think in order to resolve them, there has to be willingness to look beyond some of the petty things, but there has to be commitment to also trust that the conversations and the solutions are for long lasting.
“So, it takes a lot, in terms of providingwww.
On February 14, university lectures in the country under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) declared an indefinite nationwide strike after what its leadership described as the failure of the Federal Government to meet its demands.The declaration of an indefinite strike followed several weeks of warning strikes by the university teachers.Among the demands of the lecturers are the payment of Earned Academic Allowances, revitalisation of public universities through improved funding, a salary payment system different from the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) currently used for the payment of federal government workers.ASUU argues that its demand for a separate salary payment platform is to take care of university environment peculiarities such as the earned allowances, sabbaticals and contract staff which are not accommodated in IPPIS.The lecturers are also demanding the renegotiation of the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement.Broadly speaking, the agreement dealt with university autonomy and academic freedom, condition of service, funding of universities and other matters.Part of the agreements on earned academic allowances, provides for N15,000 per student for Lecturer I, N20,000 for Senior Lecturer and N25,000 for Readers and Professors for a maximum of 5 students per annum as postgraduate supervision allowance.On the funding of the universities to bridge the gap in infrastructure deficiencies in the public universities, the parties agreed that the Federal Government universities required N1.5 trillion between 2009 and 2011. On the other hand, the funding requirement for the state universities shall require, from the state government, N3.6 million per student over the same period to address its funding challenge.The agreement states in part that the “basis of the data collected, and their analysis through a rational and scientific procedure, the following funding requirements were projected for a quick and effective remedy of deficiencies in the programmes and facilities, and for a systematic upgrading of programmes and facilities that would rapidly advance Nigeria’s knowledge production for development”.ASUU has remained defiant that the agreement must be reviewed in line with its provision for a period review.A recent effort by government to woo the union to reconsider its position has hit the brick wall.Worried by the failure of both the federal ministries of Labour and Education to convince the lecturers, the government set up the Nimi Briggs Committee to intercede.But again, ASUU remained adamant.Reacting to a failed parley with the Committee, ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke declared that “They came with nothing.What they came with is from the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission which does not represent anything,” While accusing the Federal Government of not giving the closure of universities to academic activities the attention it deserves, the ASUU president argued that “if we take education seriously it would not have lasted beyond February (when it started),” said Mr Osodeke, accusing the government of insensitivity.On its part, the Federal Government has hit back at ASUU, invoking the no-work-no play creed as a tool to force the striking teachers back to the classrooms.At a Ministerial Media Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team, on Thursday, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu said the Federal Government will not pay salaries for the periods they will stay away from work to deter others who may contemplate similar strike in future.Taking a cue from his senior colleague, the Minister of State for Education, Mr Goodluck Opiah, posited: “I think we cannot afford to set the wrong precedents by paying people who stayed at home for six months.How do we compensate the students for all the days the lectures were at home if we compensate the lecturers by paying them?If we can answer this question, that will help.Government’s position, lawyers say, it backed by labour laws, particularly the Trade Union Act of 2005. Section 43(1) (a) of the Act reads: “Where any worker takes part in a strike, he shall not be entitled to any wage or other remunerations for the period of the strike, and any such period shall not count for the purpose of reckoning the period of continuous employment, and all rights dependent on the continuity of employment shall be prejudicially affected accordingly”.In a recent media interview, Mr Yusuf Buhari, a lawyer, said that even if there was no such law, in every employment, there must be an agreement that spells out the terms.“If you are going on strike, there must be a corresponding right to withhold your salaries.Such agreements are legal and binding in law,” he said.Similarly, Another lawyer, Hamid Jimoh in an interview published in a national daily argued that the provisions of section 43(1)(a) and (b) of the Trade Union Act do not criminalise strike but establish that the striking workers would not be entitled to pay.Mrs Toyin Oluwatobi, a psychologist said that in disputes of this nature, there is the need for both parties to minimise their egos and shift grounds.According to him, it is important that since it is impossible to meet all ASUU demands, the Federal Government should concede to the areas it can meet immediately in the interest of the society.Oluwatobi’s position is supported by Prof. Noah Yusuf of Industrial Sociology, Peace and Conflict Management Studies, University of Ilorin who in a study posited that “Like conflicts in other spheres of life, industrial conflict needs to be curtailed so as to prevent its escalation.This could only be achieved through effective conflict resolution mechanisms.More importantly, is the need for conflicting parties in industrial organizations to adhere strictly to the statutory provisions of conflict resolution”.The need for ASUU and FG to immediately resolve their differences through sincere negotiations and compromise is also backed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) stance on “Labour dispute prevention and resolution” in which the international organisation holds that “ grievances and conflicts are an inevitable part of the employment relationship.The objective of public policy is to manage conflict and promote sound labour relations”.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), said that the organisation would collaborate with the Federal Government to strengthen capacity of indigenous manufacturers and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Mr Jarl Hansstein, Chief Technical Advisor in UNIDO said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday.
He said that the Nigerian Government had initiated a project under the UN COVID-19 Response Basket Fund, aimed at strengthening MSMEs to produce high quality PPEs. He said that the fund is also to strengthen the manufacturers and MSMEs to produce healthcare products like clothing, facemasks, disposal surgical marks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other protective items.
According to him, “the project is implemented with the technical assistance of UNIDO in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO), International Labour Organisation (ILO) amongst others.
He said that the objective of the project is to contribute to the increasing resilience of MSMEs in the country in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.
Hansstein said that it was also to support the creation of employment, improve supply chains as well as promote transformative economic recovery and growth.
He said the project would maintain access to essential health services through socio-economic analytics, pro-active early recovery and social protection activities targeting vulnerable groups.
According to him, the expected outcome is to strengthen the capacity of selected local MSMEs and manufacturers which will include at least 30 per cent women and 20 per cent youth-led businesses.
The advisor added that this would also upgrade the production processes, adopt standards and technical regulations as reference for the production of high -quality PPEs and healthcare products He said that the products were to meet local demand as well as for export to ECOWAS sub-region.
According to him, the project is fully relevant to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which contributes primarily to the achievement of some SDG targets.
He noted that the project was targeting more than 170 MSMEs including women and youth, national and ECOWAS Markets, users and consumers of PPEs as well as healthcare- related products Others are Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigerian Public and Private Associations amongst others.
Hansstein said that UNIDO would build on training to help the MSMEs formulate and implement concrete business plans in relation to the specific objectives to be achieved.
The Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria (HuCaPAN), umbrella organisation of Private Employment Agencies in Nigeria, says it is partnering with the Federal Government to promote safe and regular labour migration.
HuCaPAN President, Olufemi Ogunlowo, said in a statement in Abuja that the agreement was reached at a courtesy visit by the association’s leadership to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The HuCaPAN team was led by its Executive Secretary, Jide Afọlábí, and were received by Ms Kachollom Daju, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry.
The HuCaPAN team expressed optimism that its partnership with the ministry would yield positive results and lead to a safe, orderly and regular labour migration in Nigeria.
“As you are aware, the Federal Government has suspended international recruitment; issuance and renewal of international recruitment licenses since 2018.“After a series of meetings and follow-ups with the ministry, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for private employment agencies in Nigeria was drafted and launched recently.
“Following the launch, HuCaPAN organised Webinar for private employment agencies in Nigeria on the SOP.
“It was thereafter, that the ministry requested international recruiters to renew their licences.
We are confident that the speedy process of renewal applications by our members will help to promote regular labour migration in Nigeria,” Ogunlowo said.
He noted that when deployed, the SOP, which was drafted by the government with critical stakeholders’ input, would help in no small measures in containing the activities of human traffickers and unlicensed agenciesAccording to him, HuCaPAN will continue to campaign against labour casualisation at home and abroad as it believes that it is against the principle of decent work.
Ogunlowo said the association was being guided by HuCaPAN Constitution and the Code of Conduct for private employment agencies in Nigeria which was reviewed in 2021 with technical support from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
He said the Code of Conduct was reviewed with the assistance of International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) and other social partners.
“To further promote decent work agenda in Nigeria, we shall be true to our mantra – anywhere a Nigerian is found working; must have a decent work,” he said.
In her response, the permanent secretary, Ms Kachollom, appreciated the good work being done by HuCaPAN toward promoting decent jobs for Nigerians.
She said the government was interested in ensuring that those seeking jobs overseas do so in a decent way without posing any threat to themselves and the government.
She said that the government was also concerned about the welfare of all Nigerians both at home and abroad.
“This is the reason the Ministry with other relevant agencies and stakeholders have come up with the SOP so that private employment agencies will operate within the confines of the policies and internationally acceptable standards,” she said.
She urged HuCaPAN to use the proposed private employment agencies chief executives conference to expatiate on the rudiments of the procedure and roles of various stakeholders in the labour migration governance and management in Nigeria.
Federal Government has expressed concern over occupational safety and health in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and has directed MDAs to establish desk offices to attend to such issues.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Folasade Yemi-Esan, gave the directive on Thursday in Abuja during the 2022 Occupational Safety and Health Association’s (OSHA) Workshop.
The workshop has the theme “Safety and Security Knowledge: The Key to Saving Lives.
” Yemi-Esan, who was represented by the Director, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Department, Dr Comfort Adeosun, said safety was becoming an emergency issue.
She said that a circular was issued to MDAs mandating them to establish desk offices and officers to man them, adding that the desk officers would be trained to know the roles they ought to play in their organisations.
She explained that “the head of service is concerned about improving the welfare of civil servants and we expect that the private sector will also come on board to ensure that workers are safe.
” She assured of her office’s willingness to partner OSHA and other organisations to secure healthy working environment for civil servants.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, said that prevention and addressing violence against women and girls should be key part of national response plan to nation’s unity.
Represented by Ms Gloria Ekanem, she said that having knowledge of fundamental human rights was key to knowing how to treat others.
Tallen said “no offender of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) will go unpunished if found guilty; may I call on organisations and media to join us in the crusade to declare zero tolerance against rape and other forms of GBV against women In Nigeria.
“The trend and patterns witnessed since last year calls for drastic measures and all hands must be on deck to rid our society of all forms of vices.
“I hereby encourage women faced with Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) to be knowledgeable about their rights and seek justice when intimidated; the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will ensure that perpetrators are duly punished and victims get justice.
” Prof. Rabiu Magaji, the Chairman, OSHA National Safety Advocacy Programme (NSAP) presented a paper titled “Best Practices for the Establishment of OSH in the Public Sector: Prospects, Challenges and Way Forward.
” According to him, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) says more than 6,500 people around the world die everyday of work-related illnesses and over 1,000 people a day from occupational accidents.
He also said that the number of annual work-related deaths rose from 2.33 million in 2014 to 2.78 million in 2017 and that of the 2.78 million work-related deaths in 2017, 2.4 million were associated with occupational diseases.
He added that fatal occupational accidents were highest in Asia at 71.5 per cent in 2014, followed by Africa with 18.9 per cent, America 6.5 per cent and Europe 2.9 per cent.
Magaji said these accidents result in financial losses such as direct and indirect costs of reconstruction, recovery and reconversion of industrial sites; production interruptions; lost working time; workers’ compensation payments, among others.
He added that “apart from these economic costs, there are intangible costs arising from immense human emotional and physical suffering and work-related stress for individual workers and their families.
“The environmental impacts of industrial hazards do not recognise borders, and their repercussions spread from local to national, regional and international levels.
“Occupational accidents and diseases cause dreadful human pain and suffering, as well as important economic losses, yet awareness of the problem is still too low”, he said.
He, however, said that to be effective, OSH governance requires competence in governing authorities, the scientific community and industry.
This, he said, would fight poverty, promote health, fight discrimination and promote business performance and national competitiveness.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OSHA has a mission to create proactive awareness and promote OSH knowledge globally by making its management an integral part of every sector.