- Ispon Rivers State Branch Inducts Members
The Rivers State Government has called on the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) to make her input to state policy formulation and implementation with a view to achieving a safer work environment in the Nation and River State in particular.
The Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Hon. Kenneth Kobani, made this call at ISPON Rivers state branch induction ceremony which took place on the 25th of July, at the branch’s Secretariat in Igwuruta, Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Kobani, representing the Rivers State Governor, Hon. Nyesom Wike, said the state is desirous of cooperation and goodwill from all constituents and is willing to support laudable programmes from the stable of the professional body. He said the state is seriously constrained by the global economic trends and jaundiced economy which it inherited.
He added, “Our mandate as a government included the responsibility to revive the battered economy and we recognize the place of ISPON in ensuring safe work in safe environments across the state, with all the benefits. The Rivers State Government will appreciate all the support, which you can offer in this respect,” he concluded.
The President of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), Dr. Nnamdi Illodiuba, during his speech said that the institute has projected in a few years to come that the institute will register its presence in virtually every state in Nigeria.
Ilodiuba said that the charter status makes the institute the largest safety professional body in Nigeria and as such, it has become necessary to make his physical presence in all the states for effective discharge of its mandate.
He enumerated that as at today the institute has physical presence in Abuja, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Lagos, Kaduna, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau and River States, respectively.
Dr. Ilodiuba welcomed the inducted members reminding them of the body’s mission, which is informed by the need to develop, promote and encourage safety Knowledge and technical expertise, and enforce standards and ethics in the practice of health and safety in Nigeria.
Earlier in his speech, the State Chairman, Mr. Richard Omokri, welcomed the new members to the fold enjoining them to be committed to the Institute’s ideal in providing safety services to man both at work place and in everyday life.
Omokri, in an interview with Safety Record Newspaper, enjoined the new members to be committed to what they have come to join.
According to him, “the institute of safety professionals is the legal body for the business of health and safety. If anyone thinks that he is practicing safety, the legal body to belong to is the institute.
“Now they have come to join the institute the essence is to pick up their competency level to a greater height so they need to be committed to the ethics of the professions. They need to come and learn, share technical presentations, share proposals so that they will be given competence awareness to raise competency level up so when they go to various companies to work they will make impact.
“The essence of them being members of this professional body will show on them. When they even have issues, they can report that to the institute, the institute will give them advices, give them technical assistance on how to manage health and safety in their various projects; that is the essence of what they are being here to do.”
Vianana Medikumo, one of the inductee, told Safety Record Newspaper that it is a privilege to be part of the professional body that regulates his profession and also gives him a platform to advance himself.
Medikumo, who described ISPON to be the foremost training body in the nation, said one of the things he is bringing to contribute to the institute is his writing skills.