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Anambra Assembly considers Bill to guarantee workplace safety

A bill for a law to ensure safety, health and welfare of factory workers and all persons lawfully present at the premises for other connected purposes has passed through second reading in the Anambra State House of Assembly.

The bill which is sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House and member representing Ihiala Constituency Two, Doctor Paschal Agbodike seeks to protect workers at various factories and companies from being used as machines by their employees.

The bill was first read on the floor of the House in 2019

Doctor Agbodike said the bill when passed would ensure the safety of the workers who often times are being used without much regard to their welfare and health conditions within the working environment.

According to him, most companies fail to observe safety measures including providing kits for workers especially those who operate heavy duty machines and work with chemicals.

Supporting the bill, the Minority Leader and member representing Ekwusigo Constituency, Mr. Onyebuchi Offor, said the bill was apt as most companies and factories operating in the area do not have proper insurance cover for their workers.

Also, the member representing Anambra East, Mr. Obinna Emeneka while describing health as a fundamental right of every worker, said the bill when passed will re- awaken the consciousness of factory owners to embrace Standard Operating Procedures which guarantees safety at workplaces.

After the resolution that the bill be passed for second reading, the speaker Mr Uche Okafor referred it to the committee on Health before the house adjourned plenary till Thursday 20th of April.

Reporting by Uche Ndeke; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu