The Lagos State Safety Commission has organized a comprehensive one day training in occupational health and safety for fifty personnel selected from each of the five state-owned Technical Colleges.
Speaking at the event held at the Lagos State Technical College, Agidingbi, Ikeja, the Director-General of the State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, who was represented by the Technical Adviser to the Commission, Mr Seun Awojobi explained that the training was part of efforts to ensure a safe and healthy work environment in schools across the State.
The Director-General noted that since 2013, the Commission and the Lagos State Technical and Education Board, LASTVEB, had been collaborating on sensitization and advocacy in all the 5 technical colleges including LASTVEB headquarters, while safety risks assessment of all the Technically Colleges’ buildings, equipment, tools and machineries were also done.
He said “The Lagos State Bureau of Statistics in 2021 conducted safety surveys in Lagos State Technical Colleges and Vocational schools, the outcome of the survey therefore was meant to add value to the safety, planning, programming as well as entrench safety culture and practices across the colleges”
In a message, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Board, LASTVEB, Mrs Ronke Azeez, who was represented by Mrs Gladys Osah, thanked the Commission for the training.
In a remark, the Director, Public Safety and Wellbeing, in the Safety Commission, Mr Adeyinka Adebiyi announced that arrangements are on to introduce safety modules into the State’s Technical Colleges’ Curriculum as this would distinguish students of the Colleges above their peers nationwide, particularly when it comes to the job market.
“We want to also extend this training to the students too by way of safety modules in their curriculum and we believe that if they are trained from their year one to year three and given Safety Certificates at the end of their studies, this will distinguish them from others in the whole of the nation and it will be an addition to their Technical Colleges certificates which will give them an advantage over their peers as they will already be safety conscious and safety compliant”
Speaking on behalf of others, the Principal of the Technical College, Agidingbi, Dr Wole Ajifowoke, described the training as very important in view of associated risks among teenagers who are students in the colleges.
Highlight of the event was the decoration of two officers each from the five Technical colleges as Safety Marshals to oversee the safety of students, teachers, equipment, tools, machines, visitors and other stakeholders within the Colleges’ environment