The Department of Factories Inspectorate (DFI) has received five (5) new Nissan Pickup vehicles valued at GH¢650,110.00 from the Sector Minister, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, to help the Department execute its mandate of managing and controlling Occupational Safety and Health as well as reduce occupational accidents and diseases.
Mr. Fredrick Ohene-Mensah, the Ag. Chief Inspector of Factories upon receiving the brand new vehicles thanked the Hon. Minister immensely and promised to take very good care of the cars and use them for the intended purposes.
He revealed that for the past 30 years the Department have had only two vehicles for their operations. He noted for example that, last year, due to the lack of vehicles, the Department was able to inspect only 2,000 out of a total 6,000 factories registered nationwide.
The new vehicles, according to Mr. Mensah, would help the outfit to undertake proactive monitoring, conduct investigations and build occupational Safety and Health at the workplace. He added that the gesture would improve the DFI’s activities such as the increasing number of prosecution, monitoring as well as increase in their Internally Generated Funds (IGF).
In his presentation, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah said as part of last year’s budget preparation, it was agreed that the Ministry commit its Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) to procure vehicles to enhance the work of DFI. According to him, the initiative facilitate governments’ commitment to ensure that the President’s agenda of One District, One Factory at each of the 10 regions materializes.
He further explained that the move was also to meet International Labour Organization (ILO) standard, which says “for every industrial sector to be productive and safe, it needed to meet guidelines of decent work ethics and standard set by the ILO”.
The Minister advised the leadership of the Department to ensure that the vehicles are maintained and put to good use to ensure Occupational Health and Safety nationwide.
The DFI is mandated by the Factories, Offices and Shops Act 1970 (Act 328) to promote measures that safeguard the health and safety of persons employed in companies. The DFI also have other regulations that govern its system of operations.