By Chris Onuoha and Prince Okafor
The Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Hon. Fouad Oki has called for adherence to safety rules, saying it is central to development and poverty reduction.
Speaking in Lagos, at the 3rd Professional Development Conference (PDC 2016) organised by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Nigeria Chapter, held in Lagos, with theme: “Safety Advocacy and Compliance for a Sustainable Society”, Oki stressed the need for proper collaboration between government, stakeholders and citizens in ensuring safety implementation.
He said: “We are all aware of the serious challenges in the management system of occupational safety and health systems in the country. These include the lack of sustained efforts, weak institutional coordination and respect for extant rules by professionals. To sustainably manage our safety, health and environment, there will be need for all stakeholders to collectively maximize resource management and ensure that our efforts result in greater effectiveness.”
Oki said that the commission is already making spirited efforts to work with employers, employees and labour, as well as professional organisations to put in place effective synergic approach to project implementation and evaluation mechanism.
Stressing need for people to imbibe safety as a culture, he said that lot of people do not understand that safety is not an option but a way of life, and that occupational accidents occur wherever there’s an error, either by commission or by omission.
The event had in attendance international safety professionals in the occupational health and safety industry, government agencies, aviation, maritime, as well as Road safety corps marshals.