Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Uwalaka Bagged GMA Fellowship, Charged Graduating Candidates on Maritime Safety Compliance.

Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Uwalaka, Executive Director of the Middle East and Africa Region has been conferred with the prestigious GMA Fellowship Award by the Global Maritime Academy (GMA). This recognition comes in light of his significant contributions and expertise towards promoting occupational safety and health best practices in the Maritime industry.

The GMA ceremony marked the graduation of successful students from various department of the Academy. The event, held at the Petroleum Training Institute in Effurun Warri, saw the presence of distinguished guests, including the Governor of Delta State, who was represented by Professor Nyerovwo Tonukari, Commissioner of Higher Education; Dr. Mike Egbago, Rector of GMA; Mr. Dafe Ogunje, Registra of GMA; Professor Christopher Orubu, Chairman of the Governing Council of GMA; CEOs from various indigenous companies; and administrative staff, students from the Global Maritime Academy and the general public.

Engr Dr Emmanuel Uwalaka who commended the accomplishment of Global Maritime Academy, according to Dr. Egbago, Rector of GMA, are proof of the high caliber of education that the institution offers. GMA has also been instrumental in developing students’ intellectual capacities and instilling in them the ideals of knowledge, morality, and persistent effort. Additionally, he respectfully asked for cooperation to upgrade infrastructure and asked for ongoing assistance for expansion and improvement.

Professor Christopher Orubu said in his speech that the school’s achievements have been fueled by the hard work of its faculty, industry partnerships, and students’ dedication. He also mentioned that GMA has consistently been recognised as a leader in maritime education, leadership, and international cooperation.

In addition to the awarding diplomas and certificates, the graduating candidates were charged by Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Uwalaka with a crucial responsibility of ensuring safety measure and compliance in operation. He emphasised the significance of maritime safety compliance in their future roles within the industry. He stressed the importance of adhering to international safety standards and regulations to ensure the well-being of personnel and the preservation of resources.

The convocation and Passing-out parade not only recognised the achievements of the graduating students but also fostered meaningful interactions and collaboration among participants representing various sectors of society. The Global Maritime Academy is committed to producing exceptional personnel for the maritime industry in Africa. Events such as these play a vital role in achieving this objective by providing a platform for knowledge exchange and networking.

Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Uwalaka’s receipt of the GMA Fellowship is a testament to his outstanding achievements and unwavering commitment to maritime safety over the years. His influence and expertise continue to inspire and guide aspiring professionals in the industry.

The Global Maritime Academy commends Dr. Uwalaka for his remarkable accomplishments and wishes the graduating candidates success as they embark on their careers, equipped with the knowledge and motivation to prioritise maritime safety compliance for a thriving and sustainable industry.

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OSHAssociation Cautions Airline Operators over Lapses in Flight Maintenance

In a recent development, the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) UK Nigeria Region has raised concerns to airline operators regarding potential lapses in aircraft maintenance. The Association, known for its commitment to promoting safety and well-being in various industries, including the aviation sector, has highlighted the importance of rigorous inspections and tests that cover all aspect of the aircraft including its engines, avionics, structure, and systems to ensure the safety of passengers and crew members.

The cautionary remarks from OSHAssociation come in the wake of an incident involving one of Dana Air’s aircraft with registration number 5N BKI at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Dana Air confirmed reports of a runway incursion during the aircraft’s landing attempt after flying from Abuja to Lagos. No injuries were sustained by the 83 passengers and crew on board.

OSHAssociation emphasised the crucial role of proper aircraft maintenance in preventing accidents, incidents, and technical malfunctions that can compromise flight safety. The Association urged airline operators to prioritise maintenance procedures and adhere to safety regulations and guidelines. They expressed concerns about recent incidents and accidents that suggest potential lapses in maintenance protocols within the aviation industry.

To address these concerns, OSHAssociation recommended several measures to airline operators. Firstly, strict compliance to safety regulations by aviation authorities. These regulations should provide comprehensive guidelines for aircraft maintenance, ensuring timely inspections, repairs, and servicing.

Secondly, OSHAssociation encourage airline operators to conduct regular training of maintenance personnel. Properly trained and certified technicians are better equipped to identify potential issues, perform maintenance tasks correctly, and ensure compliance with safety standards.

Thirdly, the Association emphasised the importance of establishing effective accident report and near misses. Airlines should encourage maintenance personnel to promptly report any irregularities or concerns encountered during their work, and thorough analysis can help identify patterns or recurring issues, enabling proactive solutions.

Lastly, OSHAssociation urged airline operators to foster a culture of continuous improvement in their maintenance processes. Regularly reviewing and updating maintenance procedures based on industry developments and lessons learned from incidents can significantly enhance safety standards.

OSHAssociation’s cautionary statement serves as a reminder to airline operators to prioritise aircraft maintenance as an integral part of their operations. Aviation authorities are encouraged to collaborate closely with OSHAssociation to address the concerns raised and implement necessary safety measures to enhance flight maintenance practices across the industry; to ensure safety of passengers.


House Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations, OSHAssociation, Other Stakeholders Stormed Lagos Major Industries on Safety Matters

In a concerted effort to promote safety standards and regulations in major industries, the House Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations with the support of Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) Nigeria Region and other stakeholders, recently embarked on Health and Safety Compliance Visit to key industrial sites in Lagos state. The delegation led by the Chairman of the Committee aimed to assess the implementation of safety measures and address any existing gaps in order to enhance workplace safety and protect the lives of workers.

The industries visited include prominent organisations such as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Flour Mills of Nigeria, Africa, Tin CAN Island Container Terminal, OVH Energy, and MRS Holding Company Limited. These companies were specifically chosen due to their significant presence and influence within the industrial landscape in Nigeria.

During the visits, the House Committee members, the Regional President of OSHAssociation Nigeria Region, HRH, DR. AMB. Olusegun Aderemi, along with other representatives of the Association and other stakeholders, engaged in comprehensive discussions with the management teams of the respective organisations. They emphasised the importance of adhering to safety policies, implementing best practices, and ensuring the well-being of employees.

The delegation closely examined the existing safety measures in place, including; emergency response protocols, fire safety systems, occupational health programmes, and the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE). They also evaluated the companies’ compliance with relevant safety regulations and standards.

However, the delegation also identified areas where improvements could be made, concerns were raised regarding the need for enhanced training programmes, workplace hazard identification, regular safety audits, and the implementation/use of advanced safety technologies.

In response to the visit, the management teams of the visited industries expressed their gratitude for the initiative and pledged their commitment to continually improve safety measures in their workplaces. They acknowledged the importance of collaboration between industry stakeholders, and government agencies to ensure a safe working environment for all.

The House Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations, OSHAssociation, and other stakeholders assured the industries of their continued support in promoting safety awareness and facilitating the implementation of effective safety practices. They emphasised the significance of collective efforts in creating a culture of safety within the Nigerian industrial sector.

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OSHAssociation, a prominent organisation dedicated to promoting occupational health and safety globally, recently participated in a specialised capacity building and training programme organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. The objective of the training was to enhance the department’s expertise in occupational health, safety, and environment, enabling the successful implementation of the 2024 work plan.

During the event, OSHAssociation’s Nigeria Region, represented by Country Regional Administrator, accompanied by Top Members of Snr. Staff, was invited to participate and deliver a lecture on Hazards and Risk Assessment: (In incident Reporting and Near- misses. The presence of OSHAssociation added color and significant value to the event, emphasising the importance of prioritising occupational health and safety in both the public and private sectors.

Dr. Comfort Adeosun, (FOSHA), the Director over-seeing Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office (SWO), emphasised the importance of the training for the attending officers. By encouraging them to take the programme seriously, she ensured that they understood the significance of incorporating safety best practices into their everyday work routines. She also highlighted that the knowledge gained during the training would not only benefit their workplaces but also extend to their homes, fostering a culture of safety in all aspects of their lives.

Dr. Aliyu Mohammed Ibrahim-PhD, (FOSHA), the Country Regional Administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation UK) Nigeria Region, played a pivotal role in the training programme. His vibrant teaching style and expertise in hazard and risk assessment left a lasting impact on the officers. Through his instruction, he provided comprehensive guidance on identifying potential hazards, evaluating risks, and implementing appropriate mitigation measures. By imparting this knowledge, he aimed to empower the officers to proactively assess their work environments and take necessary precautions to prevent accidents and injuries.

The collaboration between the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and OSHAssociation exemplified a commitment to improving occupational health and safety best practices in Nigeria. By organising such a specialised training programme, the government demonstrated a forward-thinking approach to safeguarding the well-being of employees across various sectors.

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OSHAssociation Reacts to Fire Incidents in Sokoto Central Market and Dosumu Area of Idumota on Lagos Island

In response to the recent fire incidents at the Sokoto Central Market and the Dosumu area of Idumota on Lagos Island, the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) UK Nigeria Region, a leading organisation dedicated to occupational safety and health globally, has expressed deep concern for the affected individuals and businesses.

The fire outbreak at the Sokoto Central Market occurred in the early hours of Monday, on the 18th of March, resulting in the destruction of over one hundred and eighty stalls. The area where motorcycles were being sold was particularly devastated, as the fire completely engulfed it. Initial investigations suggest that the fire originated from a refuse dumping site. Tragically, a significant number of motorcycles and shops were lost in the blaze. Shehu Muhammad, the chairman of the Motorcycle Marketers Association, highlighted the challenges in assessing the full extent of the damage. He also made an appeal to the state government to provide assistance to those who have suffered losses in the incident.

In Lagos, the Dosumu area of Idumota on Lagos Island was also struck by a destructive fire. The early morning blaze engulfed several residential buildings, causing extensive damage to properties estimated to be worth millions of naira. Emergency response teams from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), and firefighters swiftly mobilized to the scene. However, they faced significant challenges due to a scarcity of water. Fire trucks had to travel to nearby locations to source water for firefighting operations. The intensity of the fire caused one four-storey building to collapse, raising concerns about potential injuries sustained by individuals during evacuation and salvage efforts.

These incidents serve as a stark reminder of the paramount importance of prioritising fire safety measures and emergency preparedness. OSHAssociation stresses the need for comprehensive fire prevention strategies, including regular inspections, proper waste management, and the installation of appropriate firefighting equipment. The Association also emphasises the significance of providing adequate training and awareness programs to individuals and businesses, ensuring they are equipped to respond effectively in case of emergencies.

OSHAssociation extends its heartfelt condolences to those who have suffered losses in these unfortunate incidents. The association pledges its commitment to working closely with relevant authorities and stakeholders to promote fire safety and prevent similar incidents in the future. By placing a strong emphasis on safety measures and fostering a culture of preparedness, we can collectively mitigate the devastating impact of fire incidents and protect lives and livelihoods.

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