By Barnabas Esiet.
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has called on manufacturers in the country to provide safety work environment for employees as a way of helping to reduce the spread of the Corona virus as well as save the workers lives to continue to contribute to the growth and development of the sector.
In a statement, the president of MAN, Engr. Mansur Ahmed, said the Association has been proactive in advising its members to ensure that they sensitize and educate their workforce on the need to comply with NCDC and various Government guidelines on the operation of manufacturing establishments.
“MAN has instructively communicated to her members at the initial phase of easing of lockdown that their establishments should put in place control measures to flatten the curve or reduce the risk of further spreading of COVID-19 as well as what employers and businesses can do to protect the health and safety of staff.” The statement read.
President of MAN, Engr. Mansur Ahmed.
Engr. Ahmed said the Association is aware of a viral report on a manufacturing firm that allegedly held workers against their will to operate in its factory during the National lock-down following the outbreak of Covid-19 Pandemic.
He noted that such action is contrary to the directives of MAN to its members especially manufacturers of essential items who were permitted to operate during the lock-down.
“The Association has been in touch with the affected member and believes that the organization will speak for itself on the matter as such practice is not what MAN encourages.” Engr. Ahmed said.
“MAN believes that human lives cannot be equated to wealth and thus manufacturing activities should take place within the safest environment.” He added.