Concerns over the sharp practices that could impede the safety of workers in the Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (INDT) and Lifting Equipment Inspectors’ Association (LEIA) have been discussed by the Federal Government and stakeholders.
During the National Stakeholders Awareness and Sensitisation Workshop in Abuja, some of the presentations including that of the Managing Director of Hull Inspection Services Limited, Uchenna Duaka, indicated that sharp practices in the sector will slow down Nigeria’s progress in manufacturing oil, gas and allied industries. To prevent that from happening, Duaka held that related regulations would curb the threat.
The group also discussed the need to obliterate the activities of charlatans, adding that it was imperative to address risks and disasters in workplaces.
Speaking on the matter, the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Donald Alasoadura, attributed the disaster in the workplace to be fostered by lack of regulations, codes of practice and guidelines, which ought to have been addressed in the provisions of the Factories Act.
Alasoadura, who was also at the forum said: “Going forward, the effective implementation of the Regulations would undoubtedly, lead to a significant reduction of the risks associated with lifting equipment, boilers and pressure vessels.
“I, therefore, call for strict adherence to the guidelines specified in the Regulations, and the adoption of established good practices.”Enacted in 2004, the Factories Act was designed to ensure occupational safety and health of Nigerian workers.
The minister added that due to the development, sharp practices in the industry will be apprehended.
According to him, awareness to inform the industry that there is a new regulation in place has begun. It will have impacts on their businesses both in the manufacturing and oil and gas sector. “It will no longer be business as usual,” he stressed.
To stir development in the sector, Alasoadura said that government and stakeholders are willing to protect the lives and properties in the industry.
However, member of INDT, Duaka, added that if the stakeholders took action immediately, the government will be able to curtail revenue loss and importation of inexperience workforce from other countries.