As part of efforts to prevent and mitigate hazards in multi storey buildings, the Lagos State Safety Commission has organized a one day Sensitisation and Awareness Programme for Facility Management companies.
In his remarks during the event held in Alausa, Ikeja, the Director-General of the Lagos Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola explained that the programme was put together to enable the Commission and other government agencies involved in safety to rub minds with the Facility Managers on risk management aimed at reducing injuries, accidents and fatalities.
According to Mr Lanre Mojola, the proactive engagement is necessary to compel Companies with high rises to adhere to safety rules and regulations, such as having adequate signage, emergency exits, and other necessary things required to ensure safety in the case of fire incidents and other hazards.
“Ultimately, the goal is to prevent accidents; Zero accidents across the state and this session will go a long way in giving the facility managers the required and adequate skills such that by the time they go back to their work places they know the things to look out for, they know the infractions, understand areas where to look out for and essentially build a safer Lagos for us all” he said
The Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Sesan Ogundeko, commended the Lagos Safety Commission for it’s efforts in sensitizing stakeholders and advised the participants to uphold safety standards at all times.
He said “Participants should lean on the understanding that their responsibilities to their clients could also occasion vicarious liabilities for the State and to that extent, they are supposed to up their game and to ensure that they comply with all the regulations that relate to safety in Lagos State, because in other climes, we have seen situations in which the State government was also sued because of incidents that happened within a State”
One hundred participants from both public and private sectors took part in the safety advocacy Programme.