The Management of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, under the able leadership of Rev. Engr. Dr. Michael C. Arimanwa sealed a partnership with Occupational Safety and Health Association United Kingdom (OSHAssociation UK) – Nigeria region, by commissioning Modern Training Facilities for Safety (HSE) Training Centre for the benefit of people seeking knowledge and skills in Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) in Imo State and beyond as OSHAssociation UK Authorised Training Centre. All related safety courses and programmes will be conducted in the centre in line with British Standards and guidelines.
The Rector maintained that the institution donated the Training Facilities for quality health and safety training and education due to the management’s priority in supporting the Imo State Government and Nigeria at large in promoting Occupational Safety and Health Education for the eradication of avoidable deaths, accidents and fatalities in various industries.
The Deputy Rector (Administration), Dr. Mrs. Anthonia Nneka Nwosu encouraged OSHAssociation UK Nigeria Region to fully utilise the Training Facilities to inculcate safety awareness and knowledge to the public especially the professionals from various sectors and students of the prestigious institution.
The Training Centre in FEDPOLYNEK was declared open by Mr. Chris Mitchell, Chairman, OSHAssociation Rivers State Chapter and was supported by Prof. Nwankwo from Abia State University Uturu who is the Chairman, OSHAssociation Abia State Chapter alongside other dignitaries.
Dr. Madu Augustine, the Chairman OSHAssociation Imo State Chapter assured the management of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, that OSHA Safety Training and Certification is the best that has happened in the institution, because the Centre will focus on ensuring FEDPOLYNEK students are equipped with safety knowledge and skills before launching them into various industries.
Dr. Madu who further stressed that the OSHA Authorised Centre is open for corporate organisations to send their employees, as well as for interested individuals and students of the institution, added that they are truly blessed to have the Centre right in their premises.
Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka, the Regional Administrator of OSHAssociation UK Nigeria Region, appreciated the Rector and his Management for the bold step they took in leading the way forward in integrating Safety and Health knowledge and skills into the Educational sector. He promised to ensure that the Centre leads the way in Imo State, and for other institutions to emulate. He further assured delegates that OSHAssociation will continue to lead revolutionary impacts, ensuring safety integration in the public and private sectors of the economy.