The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, has urged the Lagos State Safety Commission to create “legislative guides to ensure safety” in the state.
Hamzat made this submission while meeting with officials of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), United Kingdom in Alausa, Ikeja on Thursday, July 25.
The meeting had the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Special Duties, Dr Yusuph Jimoh and and the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Odejayi, in attendance.
“Yesterday, we saw a construction company interfering with other road users, mixing their concrete on the road, outside the building, it means cars can run into it.
“It is important for the safety commission to help us have proper guidelines, and legislative guides to ensure safety.
“Our job is to protect our people. People must do their businesses, but in safe and secure environment. Our developmental projects must be in a safe environment,” Hamzat said.
The deputy governor hailed the recent safety training held by IOSH in collaboration with the state’s safety commission, describing it as a welcome development.
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According to him, residents of the state need adequate sensitisation to ensure their safety in workplaces and in their response to accidents and incidents.
The Head of Global Engagement and Partnership, IOSH, Mr Alan Steven, encouraged everyone to be safety conscious, while stressing the institute’s desire to equip people with the necessary workplace safety knowledge.
“As a charity, our mission is to improve the working conditions across the world.
“We want people to return safely after work and back to their families. Our mission is to support people throughout the world.
“Everyone has the right to come home in the evening after work.
“We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support people of Lagos State,” Stevens said.