urged the public to be part of the safety crusade now pervading the society.
George stated this in an exclusive interview with Nigerian News Direct shortly after a one–day seminar of the group to make this year’s world day for Safety in Port Harcourt.
According to him, considering the importance of safety in our daily lives, he expected a huge turnout at the event, but to his dismay the reverse was the case.
George who is also the World Safety Organization (WSO) representative in Rivers State and vice chairman of National Industrial Safety council of Nigeria, Rivers State Branch, urged youths to always avail themselves the opportunity offered in any safety sensitization programme to learn something, ‘’Though the programme is completely free, but the benefit is enormous.’’ George explained. He noted that everybody needs safety and according to him, ‘’ Safety is a career, so it requires training and certification, which Deslog energy Provides’’ he said.
Attributing the low turnout to inadequate sensitization, the Deslog Energy Boss pledged to employ the services of the media in subsequent editions for better results.
In his remarks at the event, Special Adviser (SA) to the speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly on Oil and Gas and Industrial Matters, Mr. Peace Esuiku Adango lamented that there is so much Politics in Oil and Gas Sector in Nigeria even more that the larger politics, which he said affects safety enlightenment. The SA who claimed that the soot problem that has subsided now in Rivers state was as a result of the efforts of some concerned citizens like him. He identified safety as a keyword that can even put food on the table of many.’’ So it is a matter of everybody showing concern on safety issues, he said.
Addressing the gathering the Director of World Safety Organization (WSO), Mr. Soji Olalokun said the 2019 world Day intends to promote a conversation that would lead to proactive steps by all stake holders in the gathering. Public policies, rules and regulations that hold employers fully accountable for the occupational safety and Health (OSH) of their employees at various levels.
This he said is critical to making prevention the hallmark for OSH in Nigeria.
He urged the participants at the end of their deliberations to document their thoughts, ideas and push them forward for more robust discussions at local, state, and national levels.
Olalokun said that will make safety a way of life globally. This year’s World Safety Day with its theme: ‘’A Safe and Healthy Future of Work’’. Climaxed with presentation of certificates to all participants at the one day sensitization workshop in Port Harcourt.
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