Nigeria’s Ministry of Labour and Productivity said the closure followed government effort to ensure safety and health protection of workers, by inspections at CCECC and Julius Berger company in Abuja.
Inspectors, led by inspectorate director Paul Okwulehie, blitzed two construction companies to enforce provisions of the Nigerian Factory Act, Cap 126 LFN.
Inspectors found a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers, especially at a carpentry unit of CCECC. The unit was closed pending issue of relevant PPE.
Cattle coach transport deadline
Inspectors warned other companies to ensure HSE protection. Similar inspections of workplaces across Nigeria were planned. The director also warned employers in construction of the deadline of 2010 December 8, to stop transporting workers in cattle coaches.
Luxury tax for HSE costs
Nigerian Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, advocates increased tax on luxury goods and luxury lifestyle, to fund HSE protection programmes.
Recommendations of Gen Yakubu Gowon’s panel on Social Security Policy for Nigeria, included raising more tax on gholf, polo accessories, tobacco, champagne and other luxury goods and service levels.
Nigeria’s Chief Wogu addressed the second African Decent Work Symposium in Yaounde, Cameroon, on “raising social protection”. African states believe that developmental partners withdraw during recessions.
Nigeria’s Decent Work Programme II for 2011 to 2014 will focus on investment, employment, productivity, wealth creation, and social protection.
PHOTO; Example of PPE relevant to steel grinding.