12 August 2014

Tanzania: Minister Keen On Improvement of Employees' Welfare

LABOUR and Employment Minister Gaudencia Kabaka has challenged the new Ministerial Advisory Board of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) to work hard and aggressively towards ensuring that the well being of workers and workplaces is improved.

Speaking during the launch of the fourth Ministerial Advisory Board of OSHA in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, Ms Kabaka said that the good performance during the previous tenure has led to their reappointment.

"I would like to congratulate all the members for a job well done; however, they should keep working diligently to come up with strategies to educate employers and workers on accident prevention at the workplace," said Ms Kabaka.

She named the board members as Mr Gideon Nassari (NDC), Dr Aggrey Mulika (ATE), Mr Nicholous Mgaya (TUCTA), Dr Louis Mlingi (TOHS), Dr Jim Lugakimgira, Dr Adelhelm Meru (EPZ) and Dr Akwilina Kayumba (OSHA).

However, she said that the many accidents that occur usually are a result of negligence on the part of employees at the workplace. "People should be very cautious when they are at their workplaces and even in their homes to ensure that the number of accidents is reduced," she said.

On his Part, the Secretary of Ministerial Advisory Board of OSHA, Mr Gideon Nassari said that management issues cannot lack challenges. "The biggest challenge is lack of funds to cater for their needs while implementing their work," said Mr Nassari.

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