The Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has commended the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISE), a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, for its maiden conference geared towards assuring public safety in Nigeria.
The programme which was attended by safety engineers across the country with its theme “Assuring Public Safety in Nigeria – The Roles of Safety Engineers,” held at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Thursday, November 9.
The Minister who was represented by his Senior Technical Adviser, Engr. Johnson Awoyemi, in his speech lauded the effort of the safety engineers and their commitment towards ensuring safety in Nigeria.
He said, “We celebrate the effort of the NISE and their tenacity in taking a multiple role in ensuring safety of Nigeria.
“Such determination and effort need to be imbibed in our nation which is of importance for health and safety in every facet of our economy.”
According to the minister, “Health and Safety remains an important aspect of our economy and its relevance in the overall aspect of the sector cannot be overemphasized.”
Furthermore, Kachikwu urged safety engineers present at the conference to close ranks with their other colleagues across the country to ensure that their objective is achieved in order to make the nation’s socio-economic landscape a safer place for all.
“There is need for collaboration for health and safety between safety engineers who are present at the conference and those across the nation,” he added.
In his address, National Chairman, NISE, Engr. Adeyemi Abiodun Oyedepo said that safety stakeholders have opened a new chapter of public safety in Nigeria with the inaugural conference of the body.
He said, “I welcome you to this start of a new chapter of public safety in Nigeria. To all other safety stakeholders from organised labour, voluntary organisations, oil and gas, power, manufacturing, services, maritime and shipping, land and air transportation, the security and para–security services.”
Oyedepo disclosed that the body was formed from the Nigerian Society of Engineers to breed safety engineers imbued with the recognition and professionalism to protect lives, properties, and environment.
He added that the body also has the responsibility to advice, guide and help organisations on engineering safety and related issues, and also to assist statutory bodies to enact engineering safety related regulations and standards.
The NISE chairman assured that the body would make its expertise available to relevant government agencies when required.
“It is quite winnable if we have a safety contract between government and the governed and between employers and employees to ensure and assure the safety of persons, processes, facilities and structure, among others.
“It is winnable if each of us starts to imbibe and implement safety procedures and policies in our spheres of influence.
“To adapt and adopt a phrase from the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, a “safety begins with me” mindset is important,” he noted.