Ster­ling Bank, MTN Nige­ria, BCL, Oth­ers for 9jaSAFE Award

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Ster­ling Bank, MTN Nige­ria and Busi­ness Con­tract­ing Lim­ited (BCL) are among the or­gan­i­sa­tions billed to be awarded at the third edition of Nige­ria’s in­de­pen­dent Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety, Health and En­vi­ron­ment award, Nige­ria Safety Award for Ex­cel­lence Hall of Fame tagged 9jaSAFE Award 2017.

The award event is sched­uled for Septem­ber 15, at Ori­en­tal Ho­tel, Lekki, La­gos, and will be hosted by ace co­me­dian, Seyi Law, like the two pre­vi­ous edi­tions.

9jaSAFE Award is or­gan­ised by Safety Record News­pa­per, pub­lish­ers of Nige­ria’s premier Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety, Health and En­vi­ron­ment news­pa­per. Chief Co­or­di­nat­ing Of­fi­cer, 9jaSAFE Award, Mr. Femi Da-silva said 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.

He said, “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. Bet­ter put, one worker dies ev­ery 15 sec­onds in the course of their work and more often than not this worker is the bread­win­ner of his/her fam­ily. These are grim statistics in­deed, and Nige­ria is not left out.

“We also have had dis­turb­ing trends of in­dus­trial and do­mes­tic fire in­ci­dents, build­ing col­lapses dur­ing and after con­struc­tion, ghastly auto crashes on our high­ways and oth­ers, lead­ing to enor­mous fa­tal­i­ties and in­juries to many more. Many of these re­sult not from nat­u­ral causes but un­safe prac­tices in our en­vi­ron­ment.”

Da-silva, who is also the Man­ag­ing Edi­tor of Safety Record News­pa­per added, “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. Sup­port­ing the award event for this year are Hy­brid Group, UPDC, Ikeja City Mall and oth­ers,” he fur­ther noted. The award has been en­dorsed by var­i­ous stake­hold­ers in the field in­clud­ing Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (FPAN), In­sti­tute of Safety Pro­fes­sion­als of Nige­ria (ISPON), La­gos State Safety Com­mis­sion, So­ci­ety for Oc­cu­pa­tional and En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Physi­cians of Nige­ria (SOEHPON), World Safety Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WSO) Nige­ria Of­fice, and Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Safety En­gi­neers (ASSE) Nige­ria Chap­ter.

The award cer­e­mony is not only fo­cused on recog­nis­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions in Nige­ria that have cre­ated a safe work­place en­vi­ron­ment for their work­ers and pro­tected their op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment too, but also to high­light Nige­rian in­di­vid­u­als who con­tinue to pro­mote safety within their spheres of in­flu­ence in Nige­ria.

Mean­while, the Min­is­ter of Labour and Em­ploy­ment, Dr. Chris Ngige, whose min­istry over­sees oc­cu­pa­tional safety and health issues in the coun­try, has con­firmed his at­ten­dance as a Spe­cial Guest of Hon­our at the event.

Also ex­pected are Sen. Duro Faseyi, who is spon­sor­ing the Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Bill, 2016 presently be­fore the Na­tional Assem­bly, and Hon. Iboro Ekanem, the Chair­man of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Ad-hoc Com­mit­tee on Health Im­pli­ca­tion of Mount­ing Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Masts Close to Build­ings.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners of the 9jaSAFE award in the com­pany cat­e­gories in­clude Fries­landCamp­ina WAMCO Nige­ria, Benin Elec­tric, Oando Mar­ket­ing Plc, Height­safety West Africa, An­i­mal Care Kon­sult Ser­vices, IPI, African Cir­cle Pol­lu­tion Man­age­ment, Fly­ing Doc­tors Emer­gency Re­sponse Unit and oth­ers.

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