Occupational Safety & Health Association – OSHAssociation (Nigeria)

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Paulen Tallen, FOSHA

Honorable Minister Federal Ministry of Women Affairs

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Engr. Suleiman Hussein Adamu

Honourable Minister Federal Ministry of Water Resources  

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Mr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe

Engineer Suleiman Hussein Adamu is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Member of the American Society of Engineers (MASCE) and also Council Member of both COREN (Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria) and ACEN (Association of Consulting Engineers of Nigeria). He has nearly 30 years of professional experience out of which 7 years were spent in the public sector.

Born in 1963, in Kaduna, he graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University in 1984 and was the winner of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) prize for the best final year student in Civil Engineering, 1984. He bagged his Maters in Project Management from University of Reading, UK in 2004.

Management Experience:

Engr. Suleiman Adamu Co-founded Integrated Engineering Associates (IEA) in 1987, a leading firm of civil/structural, electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering consultancy based in Kaduna, Nigeria. He has been involved in the planning, supervision and management of several building, environmental and engineering infrastructure projects in Nigeria.

The scope of his experience was further widened, following his deployment as Principal Consultant to Afri-Projects Consortium, the consulting arm of the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund, where he was actively involved in the planning and preparation of several national infrastructural projects in the health, education, transport, agriculture, water resources and energy sectors. At implementation stage, he served as Project Manager on several projects, notably under the PTF Urban/Semi-Urban, Regional and Rural Water Supply Programmes, National Farm Power Machinery Rehabilitation Programme and National Waterways Development Project (Dredging of River Niger).

His work experience between 1999 and 2015 includes as the Managing Director of IEA and as Project Director and Team Leader responsible for the planning, resource allocation, quality assurance and control, in the implementation of several projects in water engineering, land swap, infrastructure development and preparation of feasibility study and report for a number of clients that include several states, the federal government and the FCT.

He was a member of the Planning Committee, Sokoto Caliphate Bicentennial Anniversary; Former member, Governing Board of National Board for Technical Education and Chairman of the Physical Planning Committee. He was the Captain of Kaduna Golf Club (2014 – 2015). He is the Danburam of Kazaure
 in Jigawa State and Member, Kazaure Emirate Council, Jigawa State.

Office of the Minister:

The Office is supported by a Special Assistant (Technical), Engr. Tauheed Amusan FNSE– a specialist in Water Resources and Environment Studies with over 26 years of experience in the private and public sectors. The Office also has 4 Technical Assistants under the S/A Technical, as listed below:

1. Engr. Abdulhamid Adamu Gwaram, B.Eng. (Civil), MIWM, MNSE.

2. Engr. Mubarak S. Ladan, B.sc. (Civil), M.Sc., MNSE

3. Engr. Aminu Dahiru, B.Eng. (Elect), MNSE

4. Ms. Fatima Kingibe, B,Sc.

Other staff include a Personal Assistant, a Private Secretary, supported by a retinue of personnel drawn from the mainstream civil service.

Milestones and Accomplishments (December 2015 – 2016):

1. The launching of the Medium & Long term Strategic Documents for Water Sector tagged: the Roadmap (2016 – 2030);

2. The National Water Resources Policy approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC)

3. The Water Resources Bill approved by FEC and transmitted to the National Assembly to Enact into Law

4. The Ministry is undergoing effective restructuring to enable it accomplish its core mandates under Engr. Suleiman Adamu. A technical audit of all the Ministry’s ongoing projects was carried out to evaluate the projects and prioritize their completions.

5. Also of note is the repositioning of the 12 River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) to enable the Agencies carryout its core function of supporting all-year farming to boost food security, create jobs and serve as the key instrument for the diversification of the national economy – a key agenda of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR).

6. The accomplishment of Open Defecation Free status in the entire Local Government Area (LGA) of Obanliku, Cross River State in 2016. This is the result of a LGA wide implementation of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach in selected LGAs in the Federation coordinated by the Department of Water Quality and Sanitation of the Ministry, which will be scaled up to more states. The significance of this milestone is in the strong chances of reducing outbreaks of water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery and the attendant health care expenses and eliminating mortality among infants and children due to these diseases.

7. Completion of a Water Quality Reference Laboratory in Maiduguri, Borno State.

8. Inauguration of pilot Graduate & Youth Empowerment Scheme in 7of the RBDAs in 2016 as a food security and job creation strategy. The other 5 RBDAs will be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2017.

9. Commissioning of the Ogbia Regional Water Project in Otuoke, Ogbia Bayelsa State. This was the first project commissioned in over a decade by any Minister

Festus Egwarewa Keyamo, FOSHA

Minister of State
Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment,

Federal Republic of Nigeria


FESTUS EGWAREWA ADENIYI KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb(UK), the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment is a lawyer, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (UK), social crusader, critic and columnist. Prior to his being seconded to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, he had a brief stint at the Ministry of Niger Delta where he was also the Minister of State.

Festus Keyamo was elevated as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on July 6, 2017, and was inaugurated as such on September 18, 2017 at the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Mr. Keyamo was the Director of Strategic Communications (Official Spokesperson) during President Buhari’s 2019 Presidential Campaign.
He was born in Ughelli, Delta State of Nigeria on Wednesday, January 21, 1970 by a father who hails from Uvwie L.G.A, near Warri, in Delta State and a mother from Yewa South L.G.A in Ogun State. He is the third child and first son in a family of seven children. Festus Keyamo attended Oharisi (Model) Primary School, Ughelli, 1975 to 1981, Government College, Ughelli, 1981 to 1986 and proceeded to his Higher School Certificate (HSC) course in the same school. Before he completed his HSC course, he gained admission through JAMB in 1988 into Bendel State University, (now Ambrose Alli University (AAU)) Ekpoma, in Edo State, and obtained his LL.B degree (Second Class Upper) in 1992. He was called to the Nigerian Bar on December 15, 1993 setting the stage for a colourful career in law. Much later, Festus Keyamo proceeded to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the United Kingdom where he qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
He started his legal practice in Gani Fawehinmi Chambers in Lagos at the height of the agitation for the revalidation of the June 12, 1993 election. Even as a young lawyer, he was on the front row of legal activism with Chief Gani Fawehinmi representing icons like Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, Chief Frank Kokori and Ken Saro Wiwa as well as the duo of Chief M.K.O. Abiola and Anthony Enahoro who were arrested in 1994 and other NADECO leaders. These challenging responsibilities helped to build Keyamo’s confidence in trenchant advocacy emerging with the award of BEST LAWYER IN GANI FAWEHINMI CHAMBERS in March, 1994.
He left Gani Fawehinmi Chambers in 1995, had a brief stint in a partnership and then established his own law firm, FESTUS KEYAMO CHAMBERS, which has since grown rapidly with three offices in Lagos, Abuja and Warri and liaison offices in many states with over 23 lawyers and more than 30 para-legal staff.
Festus Keyamo is one of the private prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. In that capacity, he has prosecuted some Politically Exposed Persons on behalf of the Commission. A few years ago, he went to court to challenge the power of the Nigerian President to unilaterally appoint Service Chiefs without the approval of the National Assembly. In a landmark judgment, the court agreed with him and declared the appointments of the nation’s Service Chiefs without the concurrence of the National Assembly as null and void.
In 2014, he won the case of the former Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Bala James Nggilari, who was said to have resigned, but was later sworn-in as Governor when Mr. Keyamo argued that his “resignation” was unconstitutional and therefore he ought to have been sworn in as substantive Governor upon the impeachment of the Governor, Murtala Nyako.
He has also handled several controversial and landmark cases. He was counsel to the leader of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari in his trial for treasonable felony, lead counsel in the treason trial of the leader of the Movement For The Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and other MASSOB leaders.  He secured the freedom of both separatist leaders from prolonged prison custody. He played a prominent role in unraveling the prime suspect and other suspects in the brutal murder of Elder Statesman, Chief Bola Ige.
Mr. Keyamo also has a rich history of social and legal activism. In 1994, he teamed up with his late boss, Chief Gani Fawehinmi and other pro-democracy activists to campaign against military rule, and he suffered several arrests and detentions as a result.
Sometime in 2009, he prompted a probe of the leadership of the House of Representatives over alleged profligacy and mismanagement of public funds in the purchase of 380 units of 407 Peugeot Cars. His crusade for accountability by the Legislators led to the eventual investigation, arrest and trial of the House Leadership. The case is still at the Court of Appeal, Abuja.
Whilst working with Chief Gani Fawehinmi, he teamed up with him to establish the National Conscience Party which was originally designed to challenge military rule. He was the first Northern Co-ordinator of the Movement.
In 1997, he formed the Youth Against Misguided Youths that mobilized thousands of youths to oppose the self-succession bid of General Sani Abacha.
Keyamo’s brush with the authorities has been audacious. He has been detained several times in prisons and cells across Nigeria on account of his crusades for justice, human rights and against corruption. This also led to his facing several Charges in Courts that were all dismissed.
A man of amazing gusto and dogged spirit, his honours include, Best Single Advocate of Nigeria Law Students, (Taslim Elias Moot Trial Competition) 1992; BEST LAWYER, GANI FAWEHINMI CHAMBERS (MARCH, 1994); Honorary Alumni of various Students’ Associations; Activist of the year (2001) by the Students Union, University of Jos; Listed in the New Who is Who in Nigeria, 2003; and nominated for the World Medal of Honour, 2003, by the American Biographical institute, in 2005. He was conferred with the chieftaincy titles of Ogba-uri of Ogor Kingdom (Strong man of the law) 2005 and Omorokaro of Uvwie Kingdom (The child who leads the way) 2011 in Delta State but prefers to be called ‘Mr.’
In 2017, he was awarded the Global Human Rights Award by the United States Global Leadership Council in Washington for his efforts over the years in respect of protection and promotion of human rights and the crusade for accountable governments in Nigeria. He will also be receiving the award of Defender of Press Freedom Award on May 5, 2018 from the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
Recently, he was appointed as a member of the Board of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC). The NDIC is a parastatal under the Ministry of Finance. The Corporation is charged with protecting the Nigerian banking system from instability occasioned by runs and loss of depositors’ confidence.

Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi

Honourable Minister

Ministry of Police Affairs,

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Smith Neil David, FOSHA

Executive Director, OSHAssociation UK

United Kingdom

Smith Neil David

Smith Neil David helps clients create a vision for their safety improvement process, then employs proven, behavioral-based technologies that result in significant change initiatives to control exposure and improve performance.

His wealth of experience in the safety and health management covers a range of industries including foundries, auto manufacturing, utilities, airlines, rail transportation, intermodal operations, food manufacturing and freight operations. He is quite a sought-after speaker in different countries.

He is an Executive Director and a distinguished FELLOW of Occupational Safety & Health Association UK (OSHAssociation UK).

HRH Dr. Amb. Olusegun Aderemi, FOSHA

        (Regional President
OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Region)


Dr. Dalhatu Mohammed, FOSHA

(Chairman Council of Fellows) OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Region


Dr. Dalhatu Mohammed

Dr. Dalhatu Mohammed is someone who believes very much that getting work done ‘right the first time’ through a systemic approach includes designing and enhancing workplaces and processes, and developing human performance capabilities, all with the human brain in mind.

He is currently the State Controller of Labour, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigeria. He has chaired various international and local safety conferences. He is a frequent and highly rated speaker who has presented on subjects ranging from attributes of world-class safety to fatality prevention and leveraging safety to trigger culture change.

For over three decades, Dr. Dalhatu has helped hundreds of labour workers from a wide range of industries in Africa to prepare a successful behavioral change attitude towards safety. His mission is to help employees at various workplaces to exceed their objectives and create an injury-free workplace.

He is currently the Chairman, Council of Fellows of the Occupational Safety & Health United Kingdom (OSHAssociation UK) Nigeria region. He is also a FELLOW of OSHAssociation, a FELLOW of Nigerian Institute of Management and many other professional institutions.

Els Willems, FOSHA

Internal Prevention Advisor
Belgium, Subaru Europe


Prof. Rabiu Maraji, FOSHA

Centre for Disaster Risk Management,

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria


Prof. Vanduhe Vandu Apagu, FOSHA

Practicing Professor & Technocrat Influencer

Modibbo Adama University, Yola

Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Uwalaka, MOSHA

Regional Administrator OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Region


Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka, MOSHA

Regional Administrator OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Region