The Abia State University Chapter Excos of the Occupational Safety and Health Association United Kingdom (OSHAssociation UK- Nigeria Region) visited the Nigerian national headquarters in Abuja recently.
The students, led by the chapter leader, Kanayo Okonkwo were received by the Regional President of the Association Dr. Dalhatu Mohammed Ahmed, represented by the Regional Administrator, Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka, the leader noted that their visit was to strengthen their activities and to tap into the necessary opportunities in the Association through the Nigeria office and to get better understanding on how OSHAssociation can positively affect their studies and career in the future as student members.
The Regional Administrator however, thanked the students for being committed and resolute in their efforts in advocating safety in their university. He said, “I must commend your efforts in taking safety knowledge as a fundamental requirement in your discipline, especially as the future leaders of various industries. We are very much aware that you may be facing some challenges in your line of studies in relation to Occupational Safety and Health but I believe that your exposure to OSHAssociation as a professional body in the field of Occupational Safety, Health and Environment, will broaden your understanding of managing safety in your various disciplines and I want you to know that if you can utilise this opportunity given to you as student members of this great Association, you will yield the expected benefits in no distant time”.
As a way of encouraging the students, Emmanuel intimated the students to set their priorities right towards the future which should always be on how they can contribute to national goals and development by using their intellectual skills and capacities to move the nation forward. In his words, “Your priorities should always be on how you can help humanity and contribute to nation building, because it is more beneficial to have skills and knowledge that will make you relevant after graduation”.
The Chapter leader, Kanayo Okonkwo appreciated the assistance the regional office has been providing for the ABSU Chapter. The students’ president, Madi Nnamdi also extended his appreciation to the Regional President and his Executive team. According to him, “Among other things that called for the visit was to register our physical presence in the Association’s regional office, to get encouraged and to build on the existing relationship. We appreciate the support the regional office has been giving us and we will remain committed to ensure effective safety awareness in the community.”
As part of their report to the National Secretariat, he further explained their commitment towards safety awareness and campaign towards building safety culture in the University environment. He reported the continuous growth of the Chapter and the effectiveness of his executives who are true safety ambassadors in various departments, while encouraging other students to join them to ensure maximum safety impact in the university environment under one platform in promoting a safe and healthy environment. Among those that joined in the official visit are the Chapter Leader, Kanayo Duke Okonkwo; The Students’ President, Madi Nnamdi; The Vice President, Uwandu Thaddeus; Welfare Officer, Nwagbo Rejoice Ifunanya and Ndubueze Obinna.
The Regional Administrator who presented official journals to the Chapter president expressed happiness and joy as the chapter Leader thanked the national secretariat for their support and moral empowerment to serve humanity and promote safety and health in the university and the society at large.
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