By Bukola Kayode
Chairman, House Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations, Rep. Ibrahim Hamza has called for the support of labour unions, workers and employers of labour in the move to significantly improve safety standards at the work place.
This as the lawmaker warned against breach of extant safety standards.
He spoke at Committee’s inaugural meeting, which coincided with the ‘World Day for Safety and Health at work’.
“We also appeal to Nigerians, including organized labour to partner with this Committee by providing useful information that will improve the safety standards and regulations with a view to ensuring safety at workplace and all public & private institutions”, Hamza stated.
“As we are all aware, Safety is the state of being safe, it is a condition of being protected from harm and other non-desirable outcomes.
“Due to the disregard for safety standards, lack of effective monitoring and compliance, our country has witnessed incessant avoidable accidents resulting in deaths or injuries.
“The importance of safety in any given sphere therefore, cannot be over emphasized as it ensures peace and well-being of the people and the nation at large.
“Consequently, the House in its wisdom constituted this Committee on Thursday, 25th March, 2021, with a view to ensuring effective legislative oversight on matters relating to Safety Standards and Regulations in our public and private facilities, He further stated.
Rep Hamza also pledged the commitment of his Committee to handling the task ahead: “It is imperative to note at this juncture, that the task ahead of the Committee is enormous as its mandate cuts across all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, and Private Institutions; and as such, we shall visit various public and private institutions to assess their level of compliance with extant Safety Standards and Regulations.
“As members of this important Committee, we are enjoined to see ourselves as safety leaders who would exhibit personal safety behaviors, follow safety protocols and also inspire others to do same.
“Furthermore, with the caliber of distinguished members carefully selected as pioneer members of this Committee, I am confident that we will fashion out additional legislative ways and means to innovate safety as seen in other climes, as our nation urgently need mechanisms for investing in safety in a sustainable way”.By