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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