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Lagos Sensitizes Manufacturers On Workplace Safety

The Lagos State Safety Commission has reiterated its resolve to ensure that comprehensive safety standards are maintained in all workplaces in the State.

The Director General of the Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, restated this at an Environmental and Safety Seminar organised in collaboration with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Apapa Branch, Lagos with the theme: ‘Seamless Environmental Regulations in Lagos State’.

Mr. Mojola described the forum as an avenue for MAN and Government regulatory agencies to chart a course towards ensuring accident reduction at workplaces.

He maintained that safety is a concerted effort and everyone must imbibe the spirit of safety and take responsibility of ensuring that the environment is well protected from any form of hazards.

“Manufacturers Association of Nigeria should do things better in the coming year, let us take safety as a collective responsibility and do away with complacency at work place, learn new ways and involve in consistent training workshop that would assist to make our personnel better equipped.”

“We need to take issues of safety very important because the statistics are glaring; 2.3 million accident in a year, 6,300 a day and 260 in an hour.

“The whole point of this engagement session is to speak to ourselves and identify that Safety is everyones responsibility. Don’t turn blind eyes, abate that nuisance because that nuisance could even cause an accident that could even lead to a fatality.

Going forward, he enjoined the association to continue to do things better,

“For 2023, the talk basically for them is that there are standards and guidelines and procedures that have been laid down. We would like them to ensure that they follow all these regulatory processes and obtain their safety clearance certificate and ensure thier safety officers are registered appropriately and put in right investment to training of thier staff.”

He also harped on the need to train and retrain staff on safety rules and ensure the right people are employed to take up challenges of disaster management.

The Branch Chairman of MAN, Mr. Frank Onyebu, canvassed a more enabling environment for businesses to thrive and explained that the event was organised to analyze expectations and ease of compliance for 2023 business year.

He expressed confidence that the seminar would go along way to forge a cordial relationship between government bodies and the association and ensure seamless working ambience that woukd reduce the cost of doing business.

He also bemoaned the rising cost of doing business which he said is having a negative impact on their operations

“Our margins are going down and the diesel prices are rising, and the bad roads is next to nothing. In 2023, we seek for more collaboration and hope multiple inspection reduce and there would be an harmonised inspection.”

Speaking on the activities of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA and expectations of the agency from the association, the General Manager LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni enlightened participants on how to dispose off their waste and measures put in place to regulate waste disposal in the State.

Mr Odumboni who was represented by Mr Olumide Mumumi said the agency has been going around the State to sensitize people to imbibe the culture of solid waste management.

He however enjoined the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria to comply with the environmental law and ensure adequate support in the areas of advocacy on proper waste management.

Some of the participating government agencies which include the Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency, LASAA, Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority,Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service and Lagos Waste Water management, guided the association on how to key into the operations of the various regulatory agencies and voluntary compliance stressing it is more economical for the government when people comply with the rules guiding the planning permit.

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