Occupational hazards and hazardous substances used at workplaces have been responsible for the increase rate of injuries, mortality and fatalities, which has directly contributed to lower GDP, poverty and criminality. Governments at different levels have huge responsibilities to ensure the safety of lives in various sectors of the economy through policies development and standard operating procedures for both public and private sectors.
The Shared Prosperity Government of Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma, The Executive Governor of Imo State, has reassured Imolites of his government’s commitment to their safety and health at workplaces, his passion for safety was made clear to Imolites through his Special Adviser on Public Safety Hon. Ugochukwu Nzekwe who commissioned an office apartment for Occupational Safety and Health Association United Kingdom (OSHAssociation – Nigeria Region) to ensure maximum safety awareness in the state. The office was declared open by the former General Manager Security NNPC, Barr. Sam Otobeze, supported by the Imo State Chapter Chairman of the Association, Dr. Madu Augustine, the country Regional Administrator Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka and other dignitaries during the opening event of the Imo OSHA Liason Office at owerri Imo State.
The Special Adviser to the Governor, Hon. Ugochukwu Nzekwe in his speech stressed that the provision of the Liaison Office within the state is in line with the State Government mission in increasing safety awareness in the State and working closely with an international professional safety body like OSHAssociation, that has the capacity to support the government in accomplishing its mission of safety of lives in the state. He encouraged the management of OSHAssociation to make the best use of the facility and contribute towards the development of effective safety culture in the state. He maintained that the office’s focus should be in the area of occupational safety, health education, enlightenment and working in partnership with the Public Safety Office towards the progress and rapid development of the society.
The Regional Administrator, Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka thanked the Imo State Government and appreciated the Special Adviser on his passion for safety and promised to make the best use of the facilities in ensuring safety of lives of Imolites through awareness creation, policy development and safe operating procedures for various sectors. He further stressed that safety in workplaces propels an increase in productivity and efficiency with zero time loss. He therefore encouraged the management team to be ambassadors of safety and health at all times.
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