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Safety is your Key Responsibility; the Federal Government Urged Employers during the 13th International Safety Conference and Awards 2023.

In a bid to highlight the crucial role of effective safety management in private and public organisations, the OSHA Association for Occupational Safety and Health of Nigeria (OSHAssociation) a renowned international organisation dedicated to promoting safety and health in the workplace, recently held its 13th International Safety Conference and Awards Ceremony 2023; with the theme “Accelerating safety and health management systems to improve productivity in the workplace.”

The conference aimed to address the importance of robust safety measures and their positive impact on the workplace.
The conference provided an environment for stakeholders, top government officials, and experts in the field to convene and elaborate on the significance of a safety culture in enhancing efficiency and guaranteeing the welfare of employees.

The Honourable Minister of Solid Minerals Development during his speech charged employers in various critical industries to develop effective safety management systems to help their workers understand the risks and hazards involved in their day-to-day activities. He further narrated the importance of safety best practices in his industry and promised to ensure organisations extracting mineral resources at various states of the federation must adhere to proactive safety measures, including protecting the environment. Addressing the audience, the Honorable Minister stated, “Safety is a fundamental aspect of any productive workplace.” The Federal Government is fully committed to implementing comprehensive safety measures in the solid minerals sector, ensuring the well-being of workers and enhancing productivity in this crucial industry. “The Minister who was represented by Mrs. Ijeoma Edika made it clear that the Ministry is working proactively to ensure the safety of lives and properties.

Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim, the Honourable Minister of State for Police Affairs including other top Federal Government Officials including the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, the Honourable Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology, the Honourable Minister of Sports and Development, the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and their representatives were present at the conference to make their brief remark and speeches in line with the theme of the conference and to assure Nigerians of the Federal Government’s unwavering commitment to ensuring workplace safety and enhancing productivity.

Echoing this sentiment, the Honorable Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation highlighted the role of technological advancements in ensuring workplace safety. We are dedicated to harnessing the power of scientific research and innovative solutions to develop robust safety frameworks that protect workers and promote productivity,” the Minister stated.

The Honorable Minister of Sports emphasised the government’s recognition of the importance of safety in the realm of sports. “Sports contribute significantly to national development, and the safety of our athletes and sports professionals is of utmost importance. The Federal Government is committed to providing safe and secure environments for sports activities, ensuring the well-being of our athletes and maximising their potential,” the Minister declared.

The Head of Service of the Federation, responsible for overseeing the civil service, also expressed their commitment to ensuring safety in all public service sectors. “As the custodians of the civil service, we are focused on creating a safe and productive work environment for all government employees. We will continue to implement robust safety protocols, provide necessary training, and promote a culture of safety across all ministries, departments, and agencies,” the Head of Service affirmed.

As the government endeavours to implement comprehensive safety initiatives, Nigerians can look forward to an era marked by increased work productivity, reduced accidents, and improved overall well-being. The Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring safety at work serves as a strong foundation for achieving sustainable growth and prosperity across all sectors of the economy.

HRH Dr. Amb. Olusegun Aderemi, the Regional President of OSHAssociation Nigeria Region expressed gratitude to top government participation and all delegations from the private and public organisations; he further urged professionals to give proper attention to health and safety management in their organisations because employees’ lives have no duplicate.

Mr. Aly Masi, OSHAssociation Egypt regional president during his speech urged Nigerian employers and employees to remain committed to safety best practices, for the safety of lives in various industries.

The conference witnessed the participation of international speakers and delegations from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Ghana, Benin Republic, United Arab Emirates, Cameroon, Tanzania, Egypt etc. Other international delegations expressed concern over the state of safety in Africa and urged associations in various countries to take up the task of changing the narrative towards ensuring safety at all levels in Africa.

Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Uwalaka, the Executive Director for the Middle East and Africa Region, stated that with his new position in the Association, Occupational Safety and Health will take a new shape with the support of international donors and organisations.

One of the highlights of the conference was a panel discussion on the topic “Challenges and Strategies of Maintaining a Positive Safety Culture in the Workplace.” The discussion was led by Dr. Chris Mitchell Osazuwa, who shared valuable insights on fostering a safety-oriented work environment.
The conference also featured several informative presentations led by Prof. Rabiu Abdussalam Magaji who delivered a keynote paper titled “Accelerating Health and Safety Management Systems: Establishing and Maintaining a Positive Safety Culture.”

The conference gathered over 300 participants, including representatives from various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of the Federal Government, including private organisations. Awards of commitment were also presented to organisations that have made significant contributions to the National Safety Advocacy Project (NSAP), which was initiated by the Association in 2021 to address the challenges of proactive safety awareness and ensure federal government involvement in driving the safety best practices in Nigeria starting from 2021 to 2023.

Furthermore, the Regional President, HRH Amb. Dr. Olusegun Aderemi was re-inaugurated for his second term as the Nigeria Regional President of the Association during the conference; he also unveiled Phase 2 of the National Safety Advocacy Project, which will be implemented from 2024 to 2026. The project aims to further enhance and improve the safety awareness and compliance level in the country.

The event was concluded by an investiture speech, decoration ceremony, and certificate presentation to new inductees who have shown outstanding commitment to safety and health in their various workplaces and organisations.

At the end of the program, participants expressed their gratitude to OSHAssociation for providing them with valuable education and awareness centred around the theme “Accelerating safety and health management systems to improve productivity in the workplace.” They recognised the cruciality of prioritising safety and health to enhance overall productivity and create a conducive work environment.

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2 Replies to “Safety is your Key Responsibility; the Federal Government Urged Employers during the 13th International Safety Conference and Awards 2023.”

  1. I appreciate the efforts being made so far that the Federal government is now fully involved. Thumbs up 👍 to the leadership of OSHASSSOCITION for not relenting in the “SAFETY” sensitization.

  2. Congratulations to all specially to my dear friend and second term elected president HrH Olusegun Aderemi ,

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