Muri made this known through the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Mr Samson Ajibade during a partnership visit of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) United Kingdom and the Lagos State Safety Commission at Alausa, Lagos.
He noted that it was germane to prioritize the issue of safety, while stressing that the government must prioritize the safety of every Nigerian as their core responsibility.
While delivering his vote of thanks, Mr Ajibade appreciated the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health for collaborating with the state government.
He further appealed for the expansion of the training programme in order to accommodate more than 500,000 people, while requesting that the programme be extended to other states in the country.
“This initiative couldn’t have come at a better time and we hope that the programme would be extended to other sectors such as; education, health, schools, churches, mosques and various technical centres” Ajidbade stressed.
Meanwhile, the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Hon. Hakeem Dickson maintained that the safety commission has made frantic efforts in promoting safety throughout the state, through enlightening programmes in order to educate and sensitive the public on the benefits of safety maintenance.
He, however, lamented that the commission needs more competent hands to expand the reach of safety management throughout the state.
Dickson said, “Our aim is to develop a culture of safety by ensuring that every individual understands the attending benefits associated with safety management.”
“As such, we have decided to bridge this gap by providing tools to enhance competency within the state, hence our collaboration with IOSH Uk to help train about 500, 0000 people on safety and health in Nigeria”, he emphasized.
Reacting to the collaboration, the Head of Global Engagement and Partnership, IOSH, Alan Stevens, said his agency is keen to share the best practices in order to make everyone safety conscious.
He added that they were in the country to partner Lagos because “We respect and admire the vision and determination of Hon. Hakeem Dickson and the Lagos State Safety Commission and we are determined to support in every way that we possibly can to ensure that the vision becomes a reality.’’
An24 gathered that IOSH as the largest health and safety body in the world is committed to establishing global collaborations that will facilitate the widespread practice of safety management throughout the world.