Sign the Metallurgical Industrial Bill (NMIB) into law urged The Nigerian Metallurgical Society . This is to as to revitalise the steel sector.
The former President of the Society, Prof. Benjamin Adewuyi, made this call in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
The Bill was a regulatory framework to ensure that operations in the steel sector were in line with global practices, Adewuyi said.
The bill if passed into law he says, it will control excesses of steel manufacturers or steel producers. It will also curb both economic and human losses in the metallurgical industries.
“Presently, without the bill, little or nothing is being done to cater for the health, safety and environmental conditions of workers. and general welfare of workers in the industries who are exposed to industrial hazards.
Adewuyi reiterated that “The bill is expected among others, to minimize loss of revenue that the country continues to suffer due to non-regulation of the sector.”
He also said that production of substandard materials due to quality manipulation by manufacturers would be cut short.
Adewuyi said that the issue of slave labour, inadequate or substandard safety kits, resulting in serious injuries and even death in some cases without compensation would be reduced.
He opined that the bill was drafted by major stakeholders in the metal sector. Subsequently it was spearheaded by the Nigerian Metallurgical Society and African Iron and Steel Association to mention a few.
The bill was sent to the National Assembly after the former Minister of Mines and Steel Development presented it to the Federal Executive Council, which approved it on January 2014, Adewuyi says.
Muhammadu Buhari objected to signing it
Adewuyi further explained that after debates on the bill, it was passed by the National Assembly in 2015 and sent to former President Goodluck Jonathan who unfortunately could not sign it before leaving office.
He added that due to some observations later made on the bill by the Nigerian Society of Engineers, President Muhammadu Buhari objected to signing it.
The bill, he said was sent back to the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development by the former SGF, Mr Babachir Lawal.
However, Adewuyi confirmed that Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the minister of mines and steel development received the bill. It had been sent back to the Assembly awaiting approval again.