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Senate approves N5m fine against companies without dignified means of transport for employees

– The Senate approved a fine against companies that fail to provide good transportation for staff members

– The upper chamber also specified the kind of vehicles to be used

– The lawmakers said directors who fail to adhere will also be fined

The Nigerian Senate has approved a fine of N5 million against any company that fails to provide dignified means of transportation to employees.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the Senate Committee on Land Transport, chaired by Senator Olugbenga Ashafa, presented the report at the plenary on Tuesday, May 15.

Ashafa said any director that is accused of not providing dignified transportation for workers will also be fined with N200,000.

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The committee chairman said that the fine for corporate body, was raised from N1 million to N5 million “to enhance safety measures for employees by their respective employees.”

“Offences under this bill shall be tried by the industrial court” while any case of victimisation of an employee(s) should be reported to the Minister of Transportation.”

The Senate also considered other safety measures which made it mandatory for employers to acquire well equipped vehicles with seat belts and “at least a 46 inch high rail or enclosure on the sides and back of the vehicle”.

Vehicles for conveying employees must have lamps, brakes, horn, mirrors, windshield, turn signals and other safety equipment.

“Every truck-type bus must have seats with backrests and must be provided with a minimum of 18 inches seat space for each passenger. Where the sitting is face to face, the aisle between the seats facing each other shall be 24 inches wide at the narrowest point.”

According to the Senate, all staff buses must be equipped with approved reflectors, fire extinguishers, carry a conspicuous mark on the outside of the number of passengers to be carried and shall not be allowed to carry more than the posted number.

The report said that all vehicles”must have exit door that can be opened outward from both the interior and exterior of the vehicle”, adding that those designed for carriage of goods and animals be clearly marked “for goods only.”

Meanwhile, Godwin Emefiele who is the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has appeared before the Senate committee on banking, insurance and other financial institution for screening.

According to Daily Trust, Emefiele appeared for the screening session on Wednesday, May 15. The screening is coming following the mandate given to the committee by the Senate plenary.

The committee is being chaired by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim (PDP, Kwara).

Emefiele, who was first appointed as CBN governor on June 2, 2014, is due to end his first term on June 2, this year.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had written to the Senate requesting that Emefiele be confirmed as CBN governor for a second term of five years.

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