The Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Fouad Oki, has called on all safety stakeholders in both public and private sector in the state to be cooperative in the execution of safety procedures in Lagos state.
This call was made during the 3rd edition of the Nigerian Chapter of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Development Conference, which took place at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
In his goodwill message at the conference, Oki stressed the need for a cohesive and symbiotic relationship among safety regulators in the State.
Fouad said, “The threat to a sustainable safe society, which is central to development and poverty reduction, is among the most significant consequences of economic growth. To get it right, this requires a better grasping of not only the inter-linkages and integration of the system within themselves, but also the interdependency of one to another.
“Without the cooperation of us all, we cannot achieve this goal and aspiration. I therefore call for synergy and cooperation for public and private sector collaboration. I also solicit the attention and support of the various international agencies dealing with safety and health issues. I believe that all of us working together, our ultimate goal of enthroning an effective regulatory framework for sustainable safety and healthy environment and pollution free ecosystem in Nigeria can be achieved.”
The DG also revealed the urgent need for safety professionals to understand and cooperate with the government in its effort to regulate the matter of occupational safety and health in Lagos State.
In his words: “We are all aware of the serious challenges in the management system of occupational safety and health systems in the country. These include lack of sustained efforts, weak institutional coordination and respect for extant rules by professionals. The State government recognizes, however that to sustainably manage our Safety, health and environment there will be need for stakeholders to jointly and collectively maximize resource management and ensure results in greater effectiveness.”
According to him, Safety professionals, “by registering themselves to be accredited as practitioners in Lagos State” are playing a major role in safety regulation.
He added that for there to be improvement in Occupational Safety and health industry there has to be a critical improvement of the profession by professionals.
“These improvements include: the legislative framework, policies, technical support systems and enforcement. These would create the necessary environment for increased activities and sustainable growth,” he concluded.