THE PERMANENT SECRETARY OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING BABAGINDA HUSSAINI BAGS OSHAssociation UK FELLOW MEMBERSHIP
In line with the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) global vision to ensure the integration of Occupational Safety and Heath best practices in public and private organisations, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr. Babangida Hussaini, was inducted as a Fellow of the Association; following his critical role in regulating the affairs of construction, engineering and building sectors in Nigeria.
The construction and building industry is one of the most critical hazardous environments that expose workers to danger and death if proactive safety measures are established.
OSHAssociation as one of the leading international professional bodies proffering solutions in the field of Health, Safety, Security and Environment, and with a global mandate to make Occupational Safety and Health an integral part of every sector, has contributed immensely in promoting quality health and safety knowledge and facilitating skills transfer among the workforce in Nigeria and beyond.
The Nigeria Regional President, Dr. (Amb.) Olusegun Aderemi, ably represented by the Chairman Council of Fellows Dr. Dalhatu Mohammed, noted that the Ministry of Works and Housing over the years, have been very supportive and cooperative with the Association in ensuring workers’ health and safety. While welcoming the Permanent Secretary on board, he also used the medium to appreciate the Ministry for their support to the Association activities in Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary, Babaginda Hussaini in his remark, appreciated the Association for finding him worthy to be certified as a Fellow of the great OSHAssociation and pledged his commitment and unflinching support in ensuring the actualisation of the Association’s vision and mandate of promoting safety and health in Nigeria and the world at large.
On the other hand, the Regional Administrator, Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka who joined other distinguished Fellows and Directors of the Ministry to felicitate with the newest Fellow of the Institute, during his presentation on the Association’s focus areas and the recently commissioned National Safety Advocacy Project by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire at the Association’s 10th International Conference 2020, further appealed to the Ministry to join force with the Association to ensure great result in ensuring that safety culture becomes the way of life in Nigeria.
He further used the opportunity to encourage other Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government as well as private organization to key into the objectives of the National Safety Advocacy Project to ensure the safety of lives especially in this period of the second wave of Covid 19. “We have a lot to offer every organization who is interested in joining the movement”, Engr. Emmanuel said.
The investiture and induction ceremony took place in the conference room of the Permanent Secretary in the presence of few Fellows of the Association, and Directors of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols and regulations.