Nigerian govt. joins U.S., Britain to pass industrial safety regulation law

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved review of the ‘Boilers and Pressure Vessels Act Nigeria’ to help curb industrial hazards.

Addressing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed that FEC approved Boiler and Pressure Vessel Regulation to ensure industrial safety in the country.

According to him, the approval was in line with international best practices to safeguard lives and property in the industrial sector of the nation’s economy.

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Also speaking, Sports Minister, Mr Solomon Dalung, said he presented to FEC the AfroBasket women champions, who after 12 years, won the championship in Mali on Sunday.

He said, “When they were presented to the ministry yesterday, we sought the approval of Mr President which he graciously approved to receive them today and indeed they were received in council and having emerged as champions, they are qualified for the competition in Spain in 2019.

“Although we have athletes who had competed in other sports and had won laurels for the country, we felt it was economical to present the basketball team which was handy on ground in view of the fact that if you look at the component of players, they were mixed with national players and foreign based.

“So, we got the opportunity handy and had received them and for those we have not been able to do, we will still do it at the appropriate time, knowing too well that this government is always committed to receiving and honouring our athletes whenever they make the country proud”.

Earlier, council approved the contract for the engineering work of the Mambilla Hydro Electric Power Plant in Taraba State in the sum of $5.792bn.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Fashola said the construction would take approximately six years because of the extensive nature of the scope of work.

The minister said the work would include the construction of four dams, one of which is expected to be 150 metres high; two others will be 70 metres high while the smallest dam will be 50 metres in height .

He said, “Several efforts have been made to bring the project to reality since 1972, which is about 45 years ago, but I am happy to announce to you that this government approved the award of the contract today through a joint venture with a Chinese civil engineering company for the engineering contract, including civil and electromechanical works, for $5.792 billion.

“The construction should take about 72 months, which is roughly about six years.The scope of works are very extensive. It requires the construction of four dams: one of them is a 150 metres in height, intermediate two are 70 metres in height and the smallest of them is 50 metres in height.

“The 150 metres one is essentially the size of a 50-storey building because you have approximately 3 metres per floor.

“The intermediate one is higher than a 20-storey building. It also includes 700 kilometre of transmission line. It will be in Taraba State, in the area called Gengu. It will involve a lot of preparatory work and resettlement.

“It will really unleash the potential that have been reported about Mambilla: agriculture, tourism and also for energy.

“It will also help Nigeria to strike a big blow on the climate change issue and fulfill its commitment under the Paris agreement because this is going to be renewable energy, coming also at a relatively competitive cost.This was approved by council today.”

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