Ministry of Labour and Employment has assured the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN) of its support and partnership towards promoting occupational safety and health of Nigerian workers in their workplaces.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the new executive members of the NISCN to his office, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, promised that government would continue to partner the council to ensure safety at work.
“I want to assure you that the Ministry of Labour and Employment will give you the needed moral and technical support to deliver on the mandate of the council,” he said.
Congratulating the executives on their election, Ngige tasked the president, Mr. Cletus Akhigbe, and other members of the council, to be guided by the principles of international best practice by imbibing the spirit of tripatism as enshrined in the constitution of the council.
Furthermore, he advised the council to review its constitution and avoid ambiguities and misinterpretation that could be misused to derail the founding objectives of the council.
“We will also throw you a challenge about your constitution, to look into areas of ambiguities and amend them, because this was part of the problem we had in the past as certain people tried to translate the constitution in a way to benefit themselves although it did not materialise,” Ngige said.
On his part, Akhigbe stated that the council required the support of the ministry to deliver on its mandate of ensuring occupational safety, health and welfare of the working populace in Nigeria.