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The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu has warned that operators of lift, escalators and conveyors in the country who contravene regulation guiding the operation of such machines in the country face jail term.
The Wogu, who made this known Thursday during the public presentation of the newly approved regulation on lifts, escalators and conveyors, said the need to issue a regulation on lift operations in the country was borne out of increasing incidents arising from non proper installation and maintenance of lift, escalators and conveyors.
According to the new regulation defaulters face a jail term of 12 months imprison or N500, 000 fine.
He said: “The need to issue a regulation on lifts, escalators and conveyors (LEC) arose from a noticeable gap in our effort to protect all Nigerians at work in places where lifts, escalators and conveyors are put to use.
This gap has manifested in the form of increasing frequency of accidents, injuries and deaths associated with lifts, escalators and conveyors.
“Let me reiterate that safety of lives and property in workplaces is our collective responsibility.
Let my emphasis that my ministry will not take lightly any violation by operators and will ensure strict enforcement through our labour inspection services.”
Also speaking the director of inspection in the ministry of labour who represented the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr.
Clement Illoh said the ministry will continue to inspect lifts and elevators in the country to ensure they are properly maintained.
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