By Dave Oso
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige and two lawmakers, Senator Duro Faseyi and Hon. Iboro Ekanem are billed to attend this year’s 9jaSAFE Award holding on September 15 at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.
The event, which is organised by Safety Record Newspaper, would have Sterling Bank, MTN Nigeria, Business Contracting Limited (BCL) and other organisations receive award.
According to 9jaSAFE Award’s Chief Coordinating Officer, Mr Femi Da-silva, the award was initiated to honour organisations and individuals that have achieved excellence in the field by the introduction, development and improvement of health, safety and environment initiatives and programmes within their work environment and operating communities.
Da-Silva, who is also the Managing Editor of Safety Record newspaper, explained that, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), it is estimated that over 2.3 million fatalities and 300 million accidents causing injuries occur in the workplace globally every year.
He said: “Many of these results are not from natural causes but unsafe practices in our environment. We believe that adherence to proper corporate safety processes, enhanced government regulations and enforcement, in addition to aggressive safety advocacy, awareness and enlightenment are required to check this unwholesome trend.
“9jaSAFE Award is our contribution towards recognising and rewarding initiatives geared towards promoting workplace safety. The award is to reward those that are doing the right thing in Health, Safety and Environment practice.”and thereby encouraging others to do same. Supporting the award event for this year are Hybrid Group, UPDC, Ikeja City Mall and others.”