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The Federal Government has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in workplaces by inaugurating a committee to address the issues facing the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN).

The council, initially established in May 1964 through a cabinet decision under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, had its activities suspended in May 2023 due to concerns about its operational methods and other related factors.

During the inauguration, Kachollom Daju S. mni, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, clarified that the committee’s main responsibility is to investigate the NISCN’s founding instrument and provide operational guidelines for the council. The goal is to rebuild the NISCN’s reputation as a model of exemplary tripartism in promoting occupational safety, health, and welfare at work, in alignment with the ILO fundamental conventions (C155 & C187) on OSH.

Emphasizing the Ministry’s statutory responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the well-being of workers in their workplaces through the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) department, Daju reiterated the significance of this mission.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed Jiba, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve and assured the Permanent Secretary of the committee’s unwavering commitment to restoring the glory of OSH and the NISCN.

In addition to that, Mrs. Lauretta Adogu, the Director of OSH, acknowledged the committee members’ willingness to accept the responsibility and urged them to approach the task with diligence.

The composition of the committee members tasked with resolving the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria issues is as follows:

i. Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed Jibia – Chairman
ii. Mrs. Owie Florence – Secretary
iii. Mr. Nwokedi Osittadinma – Member
iv. Mr. Ogunmuko Babatunde – Member
v. Engr Henry George Umoh – Assistant Secretary

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