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MEMBERS of the Human Rights Group and Agencies  have challenged the Federal Government to find permanent solution to reported cases of incessant death associated with accidents in industrial firms across the country.

According to the Human Rights Group and Agencies, there is also need for the judiciary to play an important role in the eradication of corruption.

Speaking at a press conference organised by the Citizens’ Anti-Corruption Volunteer Corp (CAVC)  to mark anti-corruption day, various speakers at the event lamented the negative effects corruption has had on every sector of the Nigeria economy and why the judiciary must rise up to the occasion.

Speaking at the event, the National President of National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN), Dr Richard Anyanwu condemned ways workers are been killed and disabled in industries in Nigeria.

He said, “The challenges we are having in industries in Nigeria is that, the industries have failed and vehemently refused to upheld Safety Environment Regulations as established by the law of Federal Republic of Nigeria. We have the Factory Act of ‎2014 which states adequate safety measures, the health and welfare of workers employed in factories.
‎ “It is not  for only foreigners  but for every industries.‎ I have taken lots of action to ensure Nigerians are free from serious injuries that is happening in industry”, he added.

He charged Nigerians working in industries not to keep mute if their safety is not guaranteed. “If you are working in environment that you feel is threat to your life, why don’t you coplain. We will come and adress the issue. This we have watched in developed countries, we still have it ‎working in developed countries, why won’t it work in Nigeria.
“What is our lawmaker doing to confront the situation in the industries.‎ I wrote a large volume of papers and presented solutions to senate, I even presented strategies to investigate all the listed organisations. I presented about 16 step the senate can approach to resolve killing in the industries. The killing of Nigerians in industries is corruption. Some companies are oppressive.”

He therefore urged President Muhamadu Buhari to find solution to the problem of killings in Nigeria industries.
Earlier, the leader of the group (CAVC) Harris Chuma, said as an organization serving as watchdogs to the government and dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government, it has evaluated various governments both at the state and federal level and came out with suggestions.

The ability to hold government to account for the use of public funds is a crucial aspect of the fight against corruption. By providing an independent assessment of the government’s approach to transparency, integrity and anti-corruption measures, CAVC score card helps to hold public office holders and governments accountable to those they serve.
he said.

He added the findings of the organisation revealed ‘high profile corruption scandals such as lavish public spending on birthday parties, festivities and religious activities.’

He urged the judiciary to complement government’s efforts in the fight against corruption.
“The judiciary should be more proactive by ensuring corrupt individuals face the law and are punished according to the law. There should be no room for delay in prosecuting offenders by not entertaining frivolous applications. Lawyers also should be mindful of the kind of individuals they defend in courts as it will show whether they are abetting corruption or really fighting against it,” he said

Also, the National Coordinator of Network in Police Reform (NOPRIN), Ikechukwu Nwanguma, blamed past governments for lacking the political will to implement recommendations of various panel set up to reform the police.
He said: “The police system breeds corruption. The process of recruitment is corrupted. No country that plays with security can ever move forward. Police don’t earn good salary. The issue of funding of the police should be addressed. Government needs to show genuine interest to end corruption in the police,” he said.


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