The Lagos State Safety Commission on Tuesday signed an agreement with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, to ensure safety standards in factories.
The Director-General of the commission, Lanre Mojola, disclosed this at the signing and presentation of a book on safety in Alausa, Ikeja.
According to him, the commission had engaged in strategic partnership as part of efforts of the government to achieve a safer and healthier Lagos.
Mojola stated that the event was as a result of constructive meetings with the MAN over time to solicit their help in ensuring minimum safety compliance, and indeed, safety education for its member organisations.
He said: “We hope that this agreement is the beginning of another journey to ensure zero accidents across the state. We are running a campaign called, ‘Zero accidents for 2022’ until the end of this administration.
“It is expected that when this MoU comes into force, there will be a significant reduction in accidents, injuries, fatalities and loss of property in the manufacturing sector of the state.”
“In the recent times, Safety Commission had been at the forefront in seeing that lives and properties of all the residents are protected. As the Governor, being the number one citizen of the state owes the entire residents duty of going and coming back from work without any accident.
“Whether you are in the manufacturing sector, event sector, oil and gas sector, the the state guarantees the safety of lives and properties of all Lagosians,” Mojola said.
“We are indeed happy to witness this day, which is as a result of the constructive engagement with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and our agency. I hereby solicit their support for the minimum safety of all their member organizations,” he added.
Chairman, Health Safety and Environmental Committee, MAN, Ikeja Branch, Mr Shola Ologun, commended the final signing of the MoU and the dedication and unwavering commitment of Lagos State Safety Commission.
He said the association would continue to negotiate and ensure that the concerns of manufacturers were addressed and were adequately represented at further negotiations with the agency, just as he requested periodical meetings between MAN and Lagos Safely Commission for review and additional relevant requests by stakeholders.
The event also witnessed the presentation of a handbook on public safety for all households “Essentials of Safety and Health”, which was presented by Mojola.