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OSHAssociation Pays Courtesy Visit to the Vice Chancellor of Joseph Sarwuan University, Makurdi

In a move to strengthen safety best practices in the academic environment, the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) Nigeria Region recently paid a courtesy visit to the esteemed Joseph Sarwuan University Makurdi (JoSTUM), formerly known as the Federal University of Agriculture.

The delegation was led by Mr. Harrison A. Ehimikhaui MOSHA, the Chief of Staff to the Country Regional Administrator and Dr. Taiwo Adedoja, a distinguished fellow of the Association. They were warmly received by the Vice-Chancellor of JoSTUM, Engr. Professor Isaac N. Itodo.

The meeting, which was held in the Vice-Chancellor’s office, provided a valuable platform for both parties to engage in extensive discussions, exploring potential avenues for collaboration and identifying innovative ways to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical implementation in the field of occupational safety and health.

Mr. Harrison gave a detailed introduction about OSHAssociation, explaining its role in promoting and championing occupational safety and health practices on a global scale. He further emphasised the crucial importance of ongoing training and capacity-building initiatives for staff, stressing the significance of implementing robust occupational safety and health measures within the institution to safeguard the wellbeing of students, faculty, and administrative personnel alike and to ensure a safe work/learning environment.

Dr. Taiwo Adedoja highlighted the importance of having a good security system within an academic environment, as it is crucial for protecting students, faculty, staff, and valuable campus assets from threats like theft, vandalism, and unauthorised access. He spoke about the security challenges faced by many academic institutions and proposed ways to improve and strengthen security measures, such as implementing robust access controls, surveillance systems, and emergency response protocols. This, he emphasised, would help reduce incidents of theft, banditry, and the movement of unauthorised persons on campus, thereby enhancing the overall safety and security of the academic environment.

The Vice-Chancellor, Engr. Professor Itodo, expressed his deep appreciation for the unwavering commitment and dedication demonstrated by OSHAssociation in its tireless efforts to advance safety best practices. He acknowledged the invaluable contributions the association has made in enhancing workplace safety and expressed his institution’s willingness to collaborate with the OSHAssociation on relevant initiatives.

The visit was a resounding success, and it marked a significant step towards bridging the gap of the implementation of safety best practices in the academic environment, and a promising development for the future of occupational safety and health in the country.

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