OSHAssociation Reacts to Dangote Refinery Fire Incident: Raises Concerns over Fire Safety Protocols

OSHAssociation, a leading organisation in Occupational Safety and Health in Nigeria, has reacted to the recent fire incident at Dangote Petroleum Refinery located in the Lekki Free Zone, Lagos.

On Wednesday June 26th, the fire broke out at the refinery’s effluent treatment plant. According to Anthony Chiejina, the Group Head of Corporate Communications at Dangote, the fire was quickly contained, and there were no reports of injuries or harm to any of the staff on duty. Chiejina also emphasised that the refinery is currently operating and that the incident was a “minor fire” at the effluent treatment plant.

OSHAssociation expresses concerns over the safety protocols and emergency response procedures in place at the Refinery. They believes that the incident has raised questions about the overall occupational Safety and Health measures at this critical facility.

Dangote Refinery is a strategic project for Nigeria’s energy sector, and it is crucial that the highest safety standards are in place to protect the workers and the surrounding community. OSHAssociation calls for a thorough investigation into the fire incident and urges Dangote Group to engage with the Association to review and enhance its safety protocols, emergency response procedures, and overall Occupational Health and Safety measures at the refinery.

Dangote Refinery is expected to help reduce Nigeria’s reliance on imported refined petroleum products. The company recently received an additional one million barrels of Bonny Light crude from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC Ltd.), indicating its progress towards commencing production of refined petroleum products.

OSHAssociation believes that proactive measures are crucial to prevent similar incidents from re-occuring and safeguard the well-being of all stakeholders involved.

As the Dangote Refinery continues its journey towards becoming a game-changer in Nigeria’s energy landscape, OSHAssociation’s concerns serve as a timely reminder that safety must be a top priority, paving the way for a secure and sustainable energy future for the nation.

OSHAssociation Nigeria Region Raises Concern Over the Fire Incident at Christ Embassy Headquarters in Lagos

The recent fire incident at the Christ Embassy Headquarters in Lagos has prompted the Regional President of OSHAssociation Nigeria Region, HRH. AMB. DR. Olusegun Aderemi FOSHA, to raise concerns and call for enhanced fire safety measures.

The fire, which broke out early on Sunday morning, quickly spread through multiple buildings within the church compound, causing significant damage. According to Margaret Adeseye, the Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the blaze was first reported at 7:27 am, and firefighters from Alausa and Ikeja fire stations were promptly dispatched to the scene.

The director explained that the church auditorium was found to be engulfed in flames, and the firefighters worked tirelessly to bring the fire under control. An excavator was also used to demolish certain parts of the building to ensure complete extinguishment and prevent further structural collapse. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and investigations are underway to ascertain its origin. “No casualties have been reported as of the time of the incident.

In meetings with the Chairman of the House Committee on Safety Standards and Regulation, Hon. Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi, and the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Hajo Sarki, the Regional President expressed his concerns over the incident. He emphasised the need for relevant bodies, church authorities, and individuals to prioritise fire safety, as such incidents can occur anywhere.

Notably, the Regional President spoke about the incoming. All-in-one firefighting extinguisher, which he believes can significantly improve emergency response and fire prevention measures in the region. This innovative device combines multiple fire-fighting capabilities into a single, compact unit, making it a versatile tool in the event of a fire.

The All-in-One firefighting extinguisher is designed to tackle different classes of fires, including Class A (combustible materials), Class B (flammable liquids), Class C (flammable gases), Class D (burning metals), Class E (electric fires), and Class F (cooking oils and fats), providing a comprehensive solution for various fire scenarios. Additionally, it incorporates features such as a built-in fire alarm system, wireless connectivity, and remote monitoring capabilities, allowing for faster detection and more coordinated emergency response.

The Regional President highlighted the potential of this advanced firefighting equipment to enhance preparedness and resilience against fire-related incidents. By investing in such innovative technologies and prioritising fire safety, he believes the community can better protect lives and property and prevent tragedies like this.

The call for improved fire safety measures by OSHAssociation Regional President serves as a timely reminder of the importance of proactive planning and the adoption of cutting-edge fire suppression solutions to safeguard lives and properties at home, offices, public spaces, and places of worship in Nigeria and beyond.

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OSHAssociation in Collaboration with NWAPDI Trains Nigerian Women on Agro Safety Procedure

4In a proactive move to enhance the safety of women in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) recently conducted a comprehensive training on agro-safety procedures for the Nigeria Women for Agricultural Progressive and Development Initiative (NWAPDI). The training sessions were held simultaneously in two locations: one in Abuja for the North Central Zone and the other in Lagos for the South West Zone. The training aims to equip female farmers with the knowledge and tools to navigate the challenges of agricultural work safely.

In Abuja, The Workshop started with the arrival of women participants from Various geo political zones, demonstrating the nationwide scope of the initiative. Farmer Omolara Svensson, the National Coordinator of NWAPDI, warmly welcomed all attendees and expressed her gratitude for their presence. In solidarity and support Arc. Kabiru Ibrahim, the National President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), pledged his unwavering support for the women and vowed to stand by them in their endeavors.

Mr. Harrison A. Ehimikhaui MOSHA, the Chief of Staff to the Country Regional Administrator, then took the stage to provide a comprehensive introduction to OSHAssociation and underscore the critical importance of safety in the agricultural sector. He emphasised the need for the women to prioritise safety and make it an integral part of their farming and processing activities.

In an interview, Farmer Omolara Svensson urged the federal government to give attention to the safety and security of women in agriculture, highlighting the importance of the need for such training to be a continuous process and not a one-time programme. She further expressed her heartfelt gratitude to OSHAssociation for their unwavering support and commendable efforts in the safety training. She also conveyed her appreciation to HRH. DR. AMB. Olusegun Aderemi FOSHA, the Regional President of OSHAssociation Nigeria Region, who, though unavoidably absent, sent his affirmation to support the women and encourage them to embrace safety as a paramount concern.

Mr. Ayoola Kolawole, the trainer, delivered a presentation, sharing valuable insights on identifying and mitigating hazards and risks associated with farming and processing. The interactive nature of the session allowed the women to actively participate, sharing their own experiences and seeking clarification on relevant issues concerning their farming activities.

At end of the workshop the women receive their certificates from OSHAssociation for their participation and Mrs. Harirat Ladi Suleiman, the Zonal Coordinator North Central gave her vote of thanks, underscoring the success of the programme and the commitment of all involved to fostering a safer and more sustainable agricultural landscape for Nigerian women.

The Safety training mark a significant stride in empowering female farmers, equipping them with the safety knowledge and confidence to navigate the challenges of their profession while prioritising their own well-being and that of their communities. As the agricultural sector continues to evolve, safety programmes like this will undoubtedly play a crucial role in promoting safety, enhancing productivity, and fostering the resilience of Nigeria’s women farmers.

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OSHAssociation Pays Courtesy Visit to the Vice Chancellor of Joseph Sarwuan University, Makurdi

In a move to strengthen safety best practices in the academic environment, the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) Nigeria Region recently paid a courtesy visit to the esteemed Joseph Sarwuan University Makurdi (JoSTUM), formerly known as the Federal University of Agriculture.

The delegation was led by Mr. Harrison A. Ehimikhaui MOSHA, the Chief of Staff to the Country Regional Administrator and Dr. Taiwo Adedoja, a distinguished fellow of the Association. They were warmly received by the Vice-Chancellor of JoSTUM, Engr. Professor Isaac N. Itodo.

The meeting, which was held in the Vice-Chancellor’s office, provided a valuable platform for both parties to engage in extensive discussions, exploring potential avenues for collaboration and identifying innovative ways to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical implementation in the field of occupational safety and health.

Mr. Harrison gave a detailed introduction about OSHAssociation, explaining its role in promoting and championing occupational safety and health practices on a global scale. He further emphasised the crucial importance of ongoing training and capacity-building initiatives for staff, stressing the significance of implementing robust occupational safety and health measures within the institution to safeguard the wellbeing of students, faculty, and administrative personnel alike and to ensure a safe work/learning environment.

Dr. Taiwo Adedoja highlighted the importance of having a good security system within an academic environment, as it is crucial for protecting students, faculty, staff, and valuable campus assets from threats like theft, vandalism, and unauthorised access. He spoke about the security challenges faced by many academic institutions and proposed ways to improve and strengthen security measures, such as implementing robust access controls, surveillance systems, and emergency response protocols. This, he emphasised, would help reduce incidents of theft, banditry, and the movement of unauthorised persons on campus, thereby enhancing the overall safety and security of the academic environment.

The Vice-Chancellor, Engr. Professor Itodo, expressed his deep appreciation for the unwavering commitment and dedication demonstrated by OSHAssociation in its tireless efforts to advance safety best practices. He acknowledged the invaluable contributions the association has made in enhancing workplace safety and expressed his institution’s willingness to collaborate with the OSHAssociation on relevant initiatives.

The visit was a resounding success, and it marked a significant step towards bridging the gap of the implementation of safety best practices in the academic environment, and a promising development for the future of occupational safety and health in the country.

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OSHAssociation Nigeria Region Pays Courtesy Visit to MOTHERCAT LIMITED Headquarters in Kaduna State

In a show of appreciation and collaboration, the Occupation Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) Nigeria Region pays a courtesy visit to the headquarters of MOTHERCAT LIMITED, a leading provider of integrated solutions in Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Facilities Management.

The delegation from OSHAssociation includes Mr. Harrison Ehimikhuai MOSHA, Dr. Margaret Sati Shawaka FOSHA, Mr. Shettima Walamar MOSHA, and Mr. Daniel Buru MOSHA. They were warmly received on arrival.

Representatives present during the meeting from MOTHERCAT LIMITED are Engr. Raffi Kevorkian (Senior Project Manager), Engr. Dr. Najib Saliba (Project Manager/Safety Coordinator), Engr. Okwara A. (Quality Control Manager), and Samuel Egbe Dania (Secretary/Personal Assistant to the Managing Director).

The purpose of the visit was multifaceted. First and foremost, OSHAssociation representatives sought to recognise and appreciate MOTHERCAT LIMITED’s unwavering support and dedication to the association’s mission over the years.

Secondly, the visit provided an opportunity for both organisations to explore potential areas of collaboration, particularly in the realm of workforce training and development. As a leading player in the engineering, construction, and facilities management sectors, MOTHERCAT LIMITED has a large and diverse workforce that could greatly benefit from the expertise and resources of the OSHAssociation.

MOTHERCAT LIMITED has been a committed supporter of OSHAssociation’s efforts in cultivating a culture of best safety practices and well-being across Nigeria’s industrial landscape. The company’s dedication to corporate social responsibility has been instrumental in driving positive change and ensuring the protection of workers’ rights and safety.

During the meeting, OSHAssociation representatives expressed their sincere gratitude for MOTHERCAT LIMITED’s contributions to the association’s initiatives. The discussions centered around identifying new avenues for collaboration, such as training and retraining of their workforce, knowledge-sharing, and the development of industry-specific safety guidelines and best practices.

Both parties recognised the importance of maintaining a strong partnership to enhance safety standards, improve worker welfare, and contribute to the overall development of the Nigerian industrial sector.

The visit concluded with the presentation of the Award of Corporate Social Responsibility, Table Calendar, and Safety Advocacy Poster from OSHAssociation,This was followed by a mutual understanding and the commitment to explore new opportunities for joint initiatives that will benefit the entire industry and the communities they serve.

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