NASS: Bill to improve Safety At Workplace in Nigeria Passes First Reading

 Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

A bill sponsored by the Senate Chief whip chief Orji Uzor-Kalu, to regulate and control training, basic skills development, registration and practice of environment and safety management in Nigeria has passed its first reading at the flooring of the Senate on Tuesday.

The bill is intended to improve the poor state of environmental safety standards in the country at workplaces with a view to ensure improved and quality service delivery.

The sponsor stated that the bill titled; "Environmental and safety management institute Bill, 2022 (SB. 1015)" is an effective legal and institutional framework for the training and regulation of the practice of environment and safety management across the nation will be implemented.

He said inorder to achieve it's objective a chartered Institute of Environment and Safety Management is proposed to be established.

The institute according to the sponsor will be charged with the duty of educating, training, examining and setting standards for training in the field of environment and Safety management. 

The proposed Institute will also compel the practitioner in the industry to be sufficiently equipped to cope with the dynamics of the environment and safety management world.

Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Ajayi Boroffice presented the bill during plenary. 

Following a voice vote in favour of the Bill, President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who presided over the plenary referred the bill for second reading.

The explanatory memorandum of the bill also revealed that a Governing council shall be established to oversee the operation of the institute and it's functions shall include; to provide provide physical and or online full-time and part-time courses of instruction, professional, technical and specialized training in environmental assessment.

Others includes environmental planning and management, environmental economics and security, environmental sustainability and protection, environmental health, occupational health and environmental safety, food and water safety, industrial security, school safety management, forestry and agricultural safety, terrestrial and atmospheric safety, environmental emergency and disaster management, as well as community and home safety.

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