As part of activities to raise safety consciousness in Nigeria, the National Institute of Safety Engineers (NISE) has embarked on a sensitisation campaign to avert building collapse, flooding and fire disasters in the country.
The institute has also fixed its inaugural annual conference themed “Assuring Public Safety in Nigeria: The Roles of Engineers,” for November 7-10, 2017.
NISE Chairman, Abiodun Oyedepo said that the move became necessary after safety concerns were raised in several quarters on fire, flooding and building collapse.
He said, “the leadership of NISE has been paying visits to various organisations and agencies, such as Chevron, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) (Retail), Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Minister of Labour and Productivity, among others.”
In a telephone chat with Safety Record Newspaper, the Conference Planning Committee Secretary, Engr. Kayode Fowode, said the NISE was sensitising the public on the need for housing construction supervisors in every state and towards taking proper measures during construction to prevent building collapse.
He said that there would also be training courses for registered builders to identify problems during construction and address them promptly.
Fowode also noted that the idea of the conference was to identify and address all related disasters within the construction sector as well as the dangers posed by fire and flooding.
“The conference will commence with a safety walk which starts from Alausa Secretariat and runs through Ikeja and then back to the Governor’s Office.
“The conference will witness the presence of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu and also the Director General of Safety Commission, Hon. Hakeem Dickson.”
Fowode disclosed that the body had partnered with relevant professional bodies and regulatory agencies to ensure the success of the conference.
He said, “We are in partnership with the Lagos State Safety Commission and also the IOSH Nigeria Informal Group but we have not gotten a confirmation yet if ISPON will be participating because we will be supporting all regulatory bodies which check the capacity of buildings and its standards, and also collaborating with all engineering bodies.”
The NISE, a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), was inaugurated in January 2016. NISE is made up of engineers who are registered with the NSE and active in safety practice. While membership of NISE is open to engineers, other safety professionals can register as associate members.