OSHAssociation Pays Courtesy Visit to the Newly Elected President of Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria.

A delegation from the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) Nigeria Region pay a courtesy visit to Ismaila Haruna Dankogi MOSHA, the newly elected President of the Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria, Abuja Chapter. The visit aimed to foster collaboration and promote safety best practices in Nigeria.

 

During the visit, Mr. Ehimikhaui A. Harrison, a representative from OSHAssociation and the Chief of Staff to the Country’s Regional Administrator, conveyed a congratulatory message from the Regional President, HRH. AMB Olusegun Aderemi, to Ismaila Haruna Dankogi for his newly obtained position as the President.

 

Mr. Harrison also gave a brief introduction about OSHAssociation. He highlighted its mission and vision, emphasising its commitment to ensuring safety best practices across various sectors in Nigeria and beyond. He further emphasised the importance of prioritising safety best practices and the need for regular training and re-training to enhance workers’ understanding of safety protocols. By investing in the training of the workforce, he explained, that the goal is to create a safer working environment, prevent incidents, and reduce the risk of occupational diseases and fatalities. This, in turn, ensures that every worker can return home safely, even after retirement.

 

Ismaila Haruna Dankogi expressed his gratitude to the Regional President for reaching out to congratulate him and for the visit by the Association. He lamented the lack of value regarding safety issues among industry leaders and workers. To address this issue, he pledged the Collaboration of OSHAssociation and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to ensure that Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Desk Units is establish in every Ministry in Federal Capital Territory Administrator (FCTA), as outlined in the circular established by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

 

He also introduced OSHAssociation to Mrs. Ogbonna Kate, the immediate director of the Environmental Health and Safety Department at the Abuja Environmental Protection Board. This introduction aimed to facilitate cooperation and coordination between OSHAssociation and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board.

The visit concluded with the presentation of OSHAssociation Table Calendar and Safety Advocacy Poster to Ismaila Haruna Dankogi. These materials will serve as reminders of the importance of safety in the workplace and promote OSH best practices among the Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria.

 

The courtesy visit by OSHAssociation marks a significant step towards strengthening safety measures in Nigeria. Through collaboration and awareness campaigns, it is hoped that a culture of safety will permeate all sectors, ensuring the well-being of workers and the overall development of the nation.

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OSHAssociation Nigeria Region, Kano State Chapter, Organises Sensitisation Programme, Advocate for Safety Best Practices in the State

In a bid to promote safety best practices and raise awareness about occupational safety and health, OSHAssociation Nigeria Region, Kano State Chapter organised a highly informative sensitisation programme in the State.

The programme which commenced with a comprehensive safety briefing, ensure that all attendees were well-informed and prepared for the day’s proceedings. The welcome address was delivered by Alhaji Imam Ahmed Zubair, Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Kano State Chapter. His inspiring words set the tone for the event, emphasising the importance of safety in every sector including educational institutions and beyond.

Abdusammad Hassan Sulaiman SMOSHA, Admin/Secretary,  Kano State Chapter, gave a brief introduction to the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation). His enlightening presentation shed light on the association’s objectives and its commitment to promoting a culture of safety and well-being in workplaces across the state and beyond

The programme continued with thought-provoking speeches from esteemed dignitaries. Notable personalities, shared their insights and experiences with the attendees. Their speeches emphasised the urgent need for robust safety measures and highlighted the association’s role in facilitating a safer working environment.

A key highlight of the event was the impactful presentation delivered by Mahmoud Zubair Imam, the Director of Research and Development at Saadatu Rimi University of Education in Kano State. Mr. Imam’s presentation focused on the theme of “Climate Change and its Effects on Occupational Safety and Health in Nigeria.” He expressively highlighted the far-reaching consequences of climate change on workplace safety, urging participants to actively address these challenges. The interactive nature of the session encouraged lively discussions, diverse contributions, and intriguing questions from the audience.

As the programme drew to a close, Alhaji Imam Ahmed Zubair, Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Kano State Chapter, delivered the closing remarks. Expressing his gratitude to all attendees, he stressed the importance of taking safety matters seriously and implementing best practices in every aspect of life. To capture the spirit of unity and accomplishment, a group photograph was taken, commemorating the memorable occasion.

OSHAssociation Nigeria Region’s sensitisation programme in Kano State was a resounding success, fostering greater awareness about occupational safety and health. The event not only facilitated valuable knowledge sharing but also served as a catalyst for collaborative efforts to enhance safety practices. With such initiatives, Kano State moves closer to creating a safer, more secure working environment for all organisation and industries in the state.

 

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OSHAssociation Commend Firefighters During Seminar Organised by FCT Fire Service, Urges Them to Remain Proactive in Safeguarding Lives

The FCT Fire Service organised a groundbreaking event to commemorate World Safety Day and celebrate Firefighters Day 2024. The gathering successfully attracted dignitaries from various government agencies and parastatals, fostering an atmosphere of collaboration and unwavering dedication to the principles of occupational safety and health.

The seminar kicked off with a warm Welcome Address delivered by the Acting Director of the FCT Fire Service, Engr. Adebayo Zacchaeus Amiola. His words set the tone for an important discussion on the significance of health, safety, and the invaluable role of firefighters in protecting lives.

Adding to the prestige of the occasion, OSHAssociation, a leading organisation dedicated to promoting occupational safety and health globally, had five esteemed fellows in attendance. Their presence underscored the association’s unwavering commitment to advocating for safety best practices and raising awareness.

OSHAssociation emphasised the significance of fostering a culture of safety and maintaining a proactive approach in safeguarding lives. They stressed the importance of regular risk assessments, comprehensive safety plans, and ongoing training programs for firefighters.

The organisation also underscored the need to involve the wider community in promoting safety awareness and encouraging responsible behavior.

During the event, Messages of goodwill were conveyed by distinguished individuals, including the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) represented by Arch Hassan Musa, the Director of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) represented by Mrs Florence Wenegieme, Director, representative from Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and Dr. Dalhatu Muhammed, the Chairman, Council of Fellows of OSHAssociation UK Nigeria Region.

The event’s keynote address was delivered by Hon. Felix Amechi Obuah (DSSRS), the Chief Host and Co-Ordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC). Although unavoidably absent, he was represented by the Acting Director of the FCT Fire Service, Engr. Adebayo Zacchaeus Amiola, who eloquently emphasised the importance of health, safety, and firefighters in serving the public.

Throughout the seminar, various presentations tackled crucial topics such as the significance of health and safety, public-private partnerships in elevating the fire service, and the impact of laughter as a therapeutic tool. One particular highlight was the passionate presentation by Dr. Comfort Adeosun (FOSHA), Director Welfare Unit, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHSCF). Dr. Adeosun fervently discussed ergonomics and workplace safety, shedding light on the crucial aspects of ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.

Adding a touch of excitement to the event, firefighters showcased their skills through a captivating theatrical performance. The display not only highlighted safety protocols but also demonstrated the coordinated techniques employed in firefighting, leaving the audience in amazement.

As the seminar drew to a close, a heartfelt vote of thanks was delivered by DC Kayode John, expressing gratitude to all attendees for their presence and active participation. He also encouraged everyone to remain vigilant in safeguarding lives.

To commemorate the successful gathering, group photographs were taken, capturing the shared commitment and dedication of all those present to the cause of health, safety, and honoring the heroic efforts of firefighters.

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OSHAssociation Celebrates World Safety Day 2024, Organises Free Sensitisation Workshop

In a dynamic and informative event, the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) celebrated World Safety Day 2024 by organising a free sensitisation workshop. The workshop, centered around the theme of “Climate Change and its Effect on Occupational Health and Safety in Nigeria,” aimed to raise awareness and promote proactive measures in addressing the challenges posed by climate change to workers’ well-being.

The workshop commenced with a comprehensive safety briefing delivered by Engr. Emeaso Duke Maduabuchi, (FOSHA), a recognised expert in the field. Participants were provided with essential knowledge and insights, setting the stage for an enlightening experience.

Mr. Ehimikhaui A. Harrison (MOSHA), the Chief of Staff to the Country Regional Administrator, introduced OSHAssociation UK Nigeria Region, offering attendees an overview of the Association’s mission and its commitment to promoting safety in the workplace. Dr. Aliyu Ibrahim Mohammed-PhD, (FOSHA), the Country Regional Administrator, delivered a warm welcome address on behalf of the Regional President, HRH, DR. AMB Olusegun Aderemi, setting an optimistic tone for the event.

In attendance were top government officials including Yakubu. A Kofarmat Ph. D, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Works, who was ably represented by Ali Kofarmat, Hon. Mohammed Abba Isa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Special Needs and Equal Opportunities among others.

Esteemed dignitaries shared messages of goodwill, including Dr. Dalhatu Ahmed Mohammed, Chairman Council of Fellows of OSHAssociation UK Nigeria Region, Dr. Aliyu Ibrahim Mohammed PhD (FOSHA), and Engr. Christian C. Onyibo (FOSHA), Director, CW&E, Federal Ministry of Works. Their encouraging words emphasises the importance of prioritising occupational safety and health in Nigeria.

A captivating presentation by Mrs. Olufunke Taiwo Akinwumi (MOSHA), Assistant Chief Information Officer in the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, took center stage during the program. Focusing on the event’s theme, she emphasised the need to address the impact of climate change on occupational safety and health. Her thought-provoking talk sparked interactive discussions among participants, allowing them to share their experiences, concerns, and best practices in adapting to climate change challenges. The session fostered a collaborative environment, encouraging participants to explore innovative solutions to ensure the well-being of workers in the face of changing climatic conditions.

As part of the event, new members were inducted into the Association, signifying their commitment to promoting safety in their respective workplaces. Dr. Dalhatu Ahmed Mohammed, Chairman Council of Fellows, delivered an inspiring speech, highlighting the significance of their role in advancing occupational safety and health practices. The ceremony concluded with the decoration and presentation of certificates to the inductees, officially welcoming them as members of the Association.

In his closing remarks, the Country Regional Administrator expressed appreciation to all participants for their active engagement and commitment to creating a safer work environment in the face of climate change and reiterated the Association’s commitment to fostering a culture of best safety practice in every sector across Nigeria and beyond.

OSHAssociation’s free sensitisation workshop on World Safety Day 2024 provided a platform for professionals, experts, and stakeholders to come together and address the critical issue of climate change’s effect on occupational health and safety in Nigeria. By raising awareness and promoting proactive measures, OSHAssociation continues to play a pivotal role in safeguarding the well-being of workers and fostering a culture of safety in the country.

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Rivers Fire Incident: OSHAssociation Challenged Government Over Slow Action to Safety in Various Industries

In a shocking turn of events, the recent fire incident on the Eleme axis of the East-West Road in Rivers state has not only claimed lives and caused extensive damage but has also laid bare the government’s negligence in implementing crucial safety measures and monitoring techniques in various industries of the economy.

The incident has prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) Nigeria region to challenge the government’s lack of action regarding safety implementation to operators in various industries. The incident has raised concerns about the well-being of citizens and the urgent need for comprehensive safety action to put a stop to reoccurrence.

On the Eleme axis of the East-West Road, a catastrophic fire outbreak wreaked havoc, resulting in significant damage and loss of lives and properties worth Billions of naira. Reports indicate that at least 79 vehicles were destroyed, and tragically, the lives of several individuals were lost, with some victims burnt beyond recognition. The incident occurred when a truck collided with a fuel-laden tanker carrying highly flammable Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), leading to an inferno that spread rapidly.

In the aftermath of this horrific incident, the Association emphasises that the fire incident serves as a stark reminder of the critical importance of prioritising and enforcing safety regulations across all industries and operators.

The Regional President of the Association HRH Dr. Amb. Aderemi Olusegun urged the government at all levels to take immediate steps to address the gaps in safety protocols and ensure that industries adhere strictly to established safety standards. This includes involving safety professional bodies to assist in decision making, proper training of personnel, adequate emergency response plans to save lives in cases of emergency.

To restore public confidence and prevent future tragedies, the government must take heed of these challenges and respond with urgency. The swift implementation of safety measures, rigorous enforcement of regulations, and the allocation of adequate resources to relevant agencies are paramount. It is crucial that all industries prioritise the well-being and safety of their personnel and the public.

The Rivers State fire incident serves as a wake-up call for both the government, captain of industries, organisations and individual to reevaluate their safety measures and commitment to preventing such disasters in the future.

OSHAssociation urges for substantial action from the government to ensure that safety becomes an unwavering priority in all sectors of the economy and promised the government their commitment towards proactive safety awareness in various industries, states and local government area, to ensure Nigerians imbibe the safety consciousness in all their daily decision.

The Nigeria President further call on government to join OSHAssociation collaborative proactive measures to ensure safeguarding of lives, protecting communities and properties.

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