9jaSAFE Posthumous Award: Family, Safety Professionals Eulogize Dr Oluwagbemi

The laudable achievements of doyen of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) practice in Nigeria, Dr Bamisayo Oluwagbemi have been recognised at the Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence Hall of Fame 2016, where he won the 9jaSAFE Posthumous Award.

The award was presented at an Award/Gala Night which held at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, on September 9.
Receiving the award on behalf of her family, the deceased’s daughter, Mrs Bunmi Omeke, expressed her gratitude to the organisers of the Award for recognising her dad’s contributions to the profession in the country.

In a short acceptance speech delivered in an emotion-laden voice, she equally expressed her pride in identifying with the enviable legacy left behind by her father, whom she described as a role model.

She said, “My father was a father in everything, a father in Safety. We called him ‘Baba Safety’ both at the professional level and even among his household, his kinsmen and his colleagues.

“We want to thank God that he died in the Lord and he was able to leave a legacy for the present and future generations which I am very proud of as his daughter.”

Furthermore, Mrs Omeke, a lawyer, related a memorable incident which further convinced her of her father’s passion for the Health and Safety profession and how the passion rubbed off on those around him.

“Permit me to recount a very remarkable event which demonstrated my father’s passion and how he related that passion even to those close to him, including my humble self as his last daughter.

“I remember his last event in connection to his passion in this profession. He asked me to deliver a speech at Mrs Dominga’s valedictory service and I was surprised. I am just a lawyer and had nothing to do with Safety.

But by the special Grace of God and his support, I was able to deliver that speech so well. I never knew how significant that speech was because it was the last thing I did for him in relation to Health and Safety,” she said.

She went on to dedicate the award to all those who supported her father in the HSE profession during his lifetime, saying they made his passion “really relevant”.

“I want to thank everybody. I can see some familiar faces here of people who supported my father while he was alive, supported his cause and made his passion really relevant. I dedicate this award to these people and present and future generations that will hold in solidarity the same passion that he had for Safety in Nigeria and of course the entire world. God bless you,” she stated.

In the same vein, some HSE professionals present at the award ceremony were full of praises for Dr Oluwagbemi’s immense contributions to the profession in the areas of scholarship, mentorship and promotion of unity within the HSE fold in the country.

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