The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), Lagos State Branch, has inducted 56 new members, charging them to stay true to the professional oath of membership they swore.
The new inductees made of up of 43 individual and 13 corporate members were inducted at the 2017 Membership Induction Ceremony which held at the ISPON National Secretary, Ikotun, Lagos, on Saturday, September 2.
In his induction speech, ISPON’s President, Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba, said that the institute must be sustained by the induction of new members and called on the new inductees to show commitment towards the progress of the institute.
Addressing the new inductees, he said, “Commitment matters. The oath of membership is to ensure commitment. We need your commitment.”
Furthermore, he charged the new members to eschew rumourmongering and endeavor to get the right information from appropriate established sources.
“Ask; don’t depend on gossip. By the time you know the truth, it might be too late,” he stated.
In the same vein, the Chairman of ISPON, Lagos Branch, Engr. Timothy Iwuagwu, admonished new members of the institute to view the crisis presently facing the institute from the right perspective, saying “detractors” had intentions of bringing the institute to disrepute.
He said, “Some of us here will not be ignorant of some of the crises within the institute. And some of you were fed with wrong information about the institute by most of the detractors of the institute and we heard a lot of things.
“Some said the institute has 300 presidents and 100 chairmen. All these are designs to disorganise a very credible corporate entity like ISPON. We are not saying it is unusual.”
Stressing that crisis was inevitable in any entity involving many individuals, Iwuagwu said that resolution must be uppermost in the heart of everyone involved and charged the new inductees to be of exemplary character.
He noted, “Crisis must arise. What is important is about our capacity to resolve it. That is why crisis resolution has become both an area of practice and an area of study and we want to say here that as you are joining ISPON, it is mandatory that you be of good character.”
Also speaking at the event, a founding father and first President of ISPON, Mr. Dominic Aigbogun, called on members of the institute to be law-abiding or risk losing membership.
He said, “There has always been a law governing the institute. My position is that there is a law. And the law with the charter is not much stronger than what we had previously.
“Whether you like it or not, follow the law. If you don’t want to follow the law, you can withdraw your membership. But I don’t want anyone to withdraw his or her membership. We should all agree and follow the law. That is my stand.”
The new inductees comprised 13 Corporate Members, nine Members, one Upgrade Member, four Associate Members, and 29 Graduate Members.
Speaking with Safety Record Newspaper, Mr. Udoh James Akpan, Process Manager at Bell-X Limited, a new corporate inductee, said being a part of the institute was necessary for business development and expansion.
He said, “My company is into telecom and infrastructure development and if we must do that, safety must be taken into cognisance. It is very important.
“Telecom involves climbing of masts and other construction activities and this becomes very important.
“In that case, we definitely needed to be a member and that’s why we went through all the processes to become a member.
“We believe it will aid our business and bring new businesses to us.”
A Member-grade inductee and HSE Specialist at Chevron Nigeria Limited, Engr. Charles Ameh, expressed satisfaction at becoming a member of ISPON through its Memorandum of Understanding with its American counterpart, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).
He said, “I am proud to be a full member of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria.
“I am actually one of the key beneficiaries of the recently-signed MOU between the institute and BCSP.
“I am a Certified Safety Professional and I leveraged on the MOU to become a full member of ISPON.”
Another inductee, Mr. Philip Ikhianosime said, “I can now practice as a certified safety professional” in Nigeria.
Some other leading members of the institute present at the event were members of the Ilodiuba-led Governing Member, Mr. Evaristus Uzamere and Mr. Bola Aborode (Registrar), and veteran member of the Lagos branch, Mr. Francis Ewenla.