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New Nigerian Occupational Safety Bill

Will proposed bill bring new direction in wellness?

The recent bill by Nigeria’s upper legislative body injury has sparked off conversations on the country’s labour laws. The Occupational Safety Bill, which has undergone the second reading and is currently making its way through the committee on employment, labour and productivity, will help to ensure that millions of Nigerian workers are protected in the event of injury.

This is also coming at a time when the country’s economy is emerging from the rudders and the clamor for salary increment is also on the burner. While the recent move has been greeted with curiosity by some; who see this as signaling a drive in a global direction to draw attention to what really matters in life and to consider what it might mean for people to live really well, others remain unperturbed by an otherwise mostly indifferent nation which hasn’t always shown sensitivity as per labor issues, apart from using the wellness issue as vote bait, dangled by politicians at the approach of each election; apparently, making widely insincere promises has become essential to getting into power.

One thing that cannot be denied however is that the concept of wellness remains a puzzle as definitions vary; perhaps the quest for definition is about simplifying these issues so that we can measure them, and maybe what really matters is that we appreciate the value of talking and thinking about wellbeing itself regardless of its complexities on personal, communal, and global basis.

Africa and Wellness:

The 2017 global happiness report points at the top ten nations being Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. The first African Nation on the list happens to be Algeria at No 53, with the next nation; Mauritius coming at No 64. The World Happiness Report (WHR), published since 2012, has found that happiness is less evident in Africa than in other regions of the world. On the map of the Geography of Happiness, published in an earlier World Happiness Report Update 2015, the happiest countries in the world are shaded green, the unhappiest red.

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