January 31, 2023 10:00 pm

OSHA UK, Abia State Chapter unveils Special Safety Ambassadors

By Our Reporter 

In its efforts to drive awareness and safety advocacy to rural communities across the state, a Non-Governmental Organization, Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) UK, Abia State Chapter has unveiled her Special Safety Ambassadors.

The step is in line with the Federal Government’s policy on safety and awareness.

Speaking at the OSHA Summit 2022 chaired by former ASPIMS Manager, Mr. Kingsley Megwara, held at the Michael Okpara auditorium, Umuahia with the theme: “Responsibilities of Stakeholders Towards Promoting Safety, Health and Security at workplace”, a consultant and Public Physician, Dr. Charles Ibeawuchi said their operations are to promote safety and save lives.

He however, charged them to revive the culture of safety and enlighten the populace in the area as well as liaise with sister agencies to close the gaps between safety challenges and  recommend safety hazards threats to the appropriate authorities.

Ibuawuchi who described the initiative as timely, and commended the Abia state Government for promoting the development of professional best practices on occupational safety and health service delivery in societies and industries.

A cross section of the participants

In her presentation titled: “Cyber Security”, the Abia state Commissioner of Police, Janet Agbede, urged citizens to develop consciousness to cyber security and online transactions on mobile devices to avoid unauthorized system access by third parties which may lead to data manipulation and financial losses.

Agbede, represented by the HOD, Information Communication Technology of the Nigerian Police, Abia State Command, Mr Okeke Moses, harped on the need for citizens to secure their electronic information architecture and to provide basic mitigations against cyber vulnerabilities.

The Regional President, OSH Association  UK-Nigeria Region,Amb. Olusegun Aderemi,in his speech, harped on the need for citizens to understand the importance of safety, engagement of mental alertness and safety compliance and security in work places, public and private sectors.

He expressed deep concerns on the current insecurity experienced in various parts of the country with attendant loss of lives and property and called on stakeholders to rise to the responsibility of ensuring that the message of safety reaches all nooks and crannies of the state.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of OSHA, Engr. Jude  Igwe described this year’s theme as apt and enjoined all to fully participate as “there is no room for sitting on the fence”.

The 2022 OSHA Summit featured goodwill messages messages, presentations by stakeholders and Award of Fellowship Investiture to deserving members of the Association.

The corps commander Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Commission, Paul Ugwu received Merit award while the President, Umuahia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture UCCIMA Chief Chidi Nkem Aruoma; Prof. Awa James, Provost, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Rhema University Nigeria, Aba; Engr. Prof. Ezenwa Ogbonnaya, Head of Department, Marine Engineering, Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State among others were made Fellow of the OSHAssociation UK.

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