As part of activities to herald its 2017 Safety Summit, the Nigerian chapter of American Society of Safety Engineers is collaborating with real estate firm, Brickwall Group to stem the tide of building collapse in the country.
The chapter President, Herbert Nwaka made this known while interacting with journalists in Lagos recently.
While harping on the need to enhance productivity by focusing on the construction industry as a critical sector of the economy, Nwaka said the chapter would recommend Brickwall Group for a professional development award for leadership, for zero fatality in its operations.
He said the award which would be presented in Denver, Colorado, United States, was the only way to reward the firm for its compliance to safety standards.
“The reason why we are partnering Brickwall is simply because the awareness we are talking about is more about people’s well-being. In Nigeria, safety is still a work in progress. We need to cultivate the culture of safety as a nation.
“Presently, we are used to breaking rules and cutting corners, so it is high time we asked ourselves whether we are safety conscious and what role we have played. Safety is not only for the oil and gas industry, but for all of us in Nigeria,” the Punch quoted him as saying.
In an exclusive interview with Safety Record Newspaper in January, Nwaka said the summit will bring together safety professionals and captains of industry for robust discussions bordering on safety as a way of driving the national economy.
Nwaka added that ASSE’s Global President, Tom Cecich, and Senior Manager for Growth and Development, Yassie S. Dunn are expected to attend the conference as well as the US Ambassador to Nigeria.
While the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola will chair, the US Ambassador to Nigeria and leadership of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) are expected at the summit, he told the media.
The Safety Summit to hold March 23-25 will also feature a pre-conference workshop scheduled for March 21-23 during which participants will earn a Global Safety Management Certificate.