In a significant move to enhance occupational safety and health (OSH) in Nigeria, the International Association for Quality Assurance in Pre-Tertiary & Higher Education (QAHE) has entered into a strategic partnership with the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN). This collaboration aims to strengthen institutional accreditation, accreditation in education, and training accreditation in the field of OSH, with a specific focus on promoting the well-being of Nigerian workers in their workplaces.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, expressed his Ministry's commitment to supporting NISCN in ensuring the safety and health of Nigerian workers. During a courtesy visit from the newly elected executives of NISCN, led by President Mr. Cletus Akhigbe, Ngige emphasized the Ministry's role in providing moral and technical support to fulfill the Council's mandate. He urged the council to adhere to international best practices and embrace the spirit of tripartism enshrined in its constitution. Ngige also encouraged NISCN to review its constitution to eliminate ambiguities and prevent misinterpretations that could hinder the achievement of the council's objectives.
In response, Comrade Cletus Akhigbe, the National President of NISCN, highlighted the council's reliance on the Ministry's support to effectively safeguard occupational safety, health, and welfare in Nigeria. Acknowledging the importance of collaboration, Akhigbe assured the Ministry of NISCN's commitment to working closely together to achieve excellence in occupational safety, health, and welfare nationwide.
As part of the partnership, QAHE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NISCN, solidifying their mutual commitment to advancing OSH standards in Nigeria. Additionally, QAHE has appointed the National Director of NISCN as the Honorary Regional Director and Honorary Fellow, recognizing their expertise and contributions to the field of occupational safety and health.
This collaboration between QAHE and NISCN marks a significant step forward in promoting occupational safety and health in Nigeria. By combining their resources and expertise, both organizations are dedicated to ensuring that institutions and individuals in Nigeria meet the highest standards of OSH through comprehensive training, education, and accreditation.
QAHE's partnership with NISCN exemplifies their shared vision of fostering a culture of safety and well-being in Nigerian workplaces. Together, they are committed to empowering organizations and individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to prioritize occupational safety and health, ultimately creating safer and healthier working environments across the nation.