The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a new national policy on occupational safety and health, tagged: “National Policy on Occupational Safety 2020.”
Minister of Labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige disclosed this while briefing correspondents on the memo he presented to FEC yesterday. He explained that the new policy is aimed at ensuring that workers are safe at their work places across the country, adding that it derives from the provisions of the Nigerian constitution and the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) convention.
The Minister said the last time the policy was reviewed was 14 years ago but the new one has a review period of three years. On the seven-day ultimatum given by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) threatening strike action, the Minister maintained that it is misplaced because it was addressed to the President of Nigerian, which he said, contravenes labour laws.
In her remark, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, said from the last report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the Nigerian economy is better than expected. She said measures are being put in place to stabilize the economy and ensure that it continues to run despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.