Imo State Government Partners With OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Region, Commissions OSHA Imo Liaison Office To Increase Safety Awareness in Imo State.

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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Youths in Health and Safety Workshop to Mark International Youth Day by OSHAssociation & Scholars Care Initiatives

As part of efforts to position the growing number of youths in Nigeria for career development in various sectors, the Nigeria Region of Occupational Safety and Health Association UK collaborated with the African Scholars Care Initiative to train FCT Youths in Health and Safety, it was held in Abuja recently.

Recall that the National Bureau of Statistics reports that 44 percent of the Nigerian population are youths, with 27.1 percent unemployed. The training created an opportunity for young Nigerians who are interested in pursuing a career in Health and Safety to channel their creativity, energy and aspirations with the view to reducing unemployment rate.

The Director General, Brig Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) represented by Muhammed Momoh charged the youths to seize the opportunity of the training to better their lives and contribute meaningfully to the societies.

As part of his remarks, he thanked OSHAssociation and African Scholars Care Initiative for the laudable ingenuity which aligned with the NYSC mandate. While acknowledging the fact that a lot is still needed to be done as regards youth development, he stated that the NYSC is ready to partner with relevant organisations that have concern for the youths.

The Convener of African Scholars Care Initiative, Joy Onumajuru Osomiamhe thanked the Occupational Safety and Health Association for the professionalism exhibited in providing technical support for the success of the event.

The regional administrator, Engr Emmanuel Uwalaka charged the youths to always strive to distinguish themselves from the crowd and get focused with realities in pursuing their career development.
The participants who were majorly young professionals, corps members, students and pressure groups expressed their satisfaction and called on other organisations to emulate OSHAssociation UK and African Scholars Care Initiative towards contributing to national development.

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Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Partners with OSHAssociation to Train Safety Engineers and Field Officers of the Ministry

The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing held a specialised training workshop for Safety Engineers and Officers of the Ministry in Abuja recently. Tagged ‘Safety First in the Construction Site’

The Honourable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, who declared the workshop open appreciated the effort of OSHAssociation Nigeria Region for their partnership with the ministry towards improving safety culture in the construction sector. Also the Regional President of OSHAssociation Nigeria, Dr. Dalhatu Mohammed appreciated the Ministry for their readiness to ensure construction companies in Nigeria comply with safety guidelines to ensure the safety of employees in the sector.

This was necessary in order to reduce the risk of injuries and accidents at worksites to the barest minimum and ensure zero fatalities in the construction sector. He noted that the poor safety attitudes of workers, contractors and supervisors in charge of projects were largely responsible for accidents and deaths in construction sites. As a result, improving safety at the site through attitudinal change of workers and contractors became a priority for the Ministry.

 

Director, Safety and Security, Engr. Chris Onyibo said the Ministry made the right decision by partnering with OSHAssociation, one of the leading institutions focused in the field of Occupational Safety and Health. He encouraged the participants to maximize the opportunity and explore industrial best practices in relation to construction especially in the light of COVID 19.

Also addressing the participants, the Director of Engineering services at the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr. Julius Olunrinola emphasised the duty of the government to ensure the health and safety of her workers, thus inspection and enforcement actions were being amplified for construction activities in the Ministry. According to him, reports reveal that most construction sites have low levels of compliance to HSSE standards, hence the need to deploy Safety Engineers/Officers to the sites. The participants were advised to display the highest level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties in order to justify the confidence reposed on them by the Ministry. While thanking OSHAssociation UK Nigeria region for partnering with the Ministry, he urged them to remain steadfast in their commitment to raising safety standards and awareness across all sectors, and to work together with the Government and other stakeholders to achieve this mission, the Director said.

The training which was held in the period of two days was delivered by Mr. Taiwo Adedoja (FOSHA) and Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka who ensured adequate transfer of skills and knowledge to the delegates.

The event was brought to a close with an induction ceremony for new members joining OSHAssociation UK Nigeria region from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

 

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FCT SEB Chairman Charges Principals to be Safety Compliant as Schools Reopen, Appreciates OSHAssociation for Training Support

Ahead of re-opening of schools in the Federal Capita Territory (FCT) on the 12th of October 2020, the Chairman of the FCT Secondary Education Board, Hon. Yahaya Musa Muhammed, charged and urged all Principals and Vice Principals of Secondary Schools in the FCT to adhere to safety guidelines and be compliant to procedures to ensuring safety of students and teachers.

The training, which took place at the Government Secondary School Wuse Zone III was conducted by Occupational Safety and Health Association UK (OSHAssociation UK) – Nigeria region and Neighbourhood P & S Limited, in partnership with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board, Abuja.

The Director FCT SEB, Mrs. Nanre Emeje, in her opening remark acknowleged that the Board recognised the unique situation presented by COVID 19, and for everyone to see the need for safety in our School environments, also the inherent associated risks.

Thus, as a proactive measure, the Board engaged the services and expertise of the renowned international safety organisation – OSHAssociation to train principals and administrators on safety measures as schools reopen after a long period of time due to the Covid 19 outbreak. This training was designed to enable principals to train and set up procedures with their workforce and students to ensure safety in school environments.

The Chairman of FCT SEB in his address, advised the principals and vice-principals to create imaginary problems and solutions for emergency preparedness. He also intimated the administrators of the dangers of increased outbreak as a result of non-compliance to the stipulated guidelines. The Chairman appreciated the FCT Minister for his good works and continuous support to education in the FCT.

The training comprised of four sessions covering topics on COVID 19 and Mitigation strategies; Environmental Health and Safety and Guidelines for COVID 19; and Security, Safety Education and Disaster Preparedness delivered by Dr. Oscar Akumah (FOSHA), TPL Ibrahim Muhammad (MOSHA, MNITP) and Mr. Taiwo Adedoja (FOSHA) respectively.

In the final training delivered by the Regional Administrator of OSHAssociation Nigeria Region, Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka, on “Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)” was discussed practically on the usages and proper maintenance. Other areas were highlighted and were addressed afterwards during the general interactive session with the principals.

Following the mandate of OSHAssociation as a professional body in the field of safety and health, the association wants to ensure that Nigerian students, teachers and every workforce are safe by making sure all safety guidelines and procedures are put in place, communicated and followed.

Educational stakeholders at the Federal, State and Local government levels are encouraged to partner with international institutions, such as OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Region to ensure effective safety and health awareness and training in all schools.

OSHAssociation can be contacted via email on: nigeria@oshassociation.org For more information, visit www.nigeria.oshassociation.org

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Imo State Government Partners with OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Region on Public Safety

Following the recent challenges as regards Covid 19, Fire outbreaks and flood disasters, etc, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma who was represented by his Special Adviser on Public Safety, Hon. Prince Ugochukwu Nzekwe welcomed OSHAssociation Nigeria Executives in the State recently.

He further appreciated the Association for their willingness in working closely with the public safety office by creating awareness and improving safety compliance in the Society even up to every nook and cranny of Imo State. Hence, the Special Adviser on behalf of the Governor announced that they have accepted collaboration with OSHAssociation UK, Nigeria region to improve and ensure strict Safety Compliance in the state.
In his words, ” We are glad and happy to announce that we can work together as a team to ensure that Zero fatalities and incidents is achieved in every sector of the economy in Imo State, thank you”.

This news came up after they had seen the track record of the Association in the area of reducing incidents to Zero through proactive awareness, training and relevant capacity building workshops that builds employees’ safety consciousness at workplaces.

The Vice President of Imo State Chapter of the Association Dr. Austin Madu, supported by the Regional Administrator, Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka and other state Excos extended appreciation to the Special Adviser to the Governor and vowed not to fail in their official assignment in the state.

OSHAssociation, an international safety professional body, with strong local presence in Nigeria is much determined to impact industries and communities positively, the Vice president of the Association in Imo State made this known to the Imo State Government during his presentation. He fully gave the assurance that the presence of the Association will command positive impact in the state.

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