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NERC and Industry Health and Safety Managers review performance

Electricity Industry Health and Safety Managers have met with the Engineering, Standards and Safety Division of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to review their performance with regard to safety issues.

The quarterly meeting which took place on the 27TH of August, 2013 was the second in the series, with the first held in March, 2013.

Commissioner, Engineering Standards and Safety, Engr. Mary Awolokun lamented deaths recorded so far in the course of work, which she attributed to lack of attention to safety. According to her, the deaths could have been avoided if the standards had been adhered to.

Awolokun appealed to their conscience by urging them not to take their positions as routine, but one that needs a reliable and safe environment.
‘’It does not augur well for the industry, take safety serious’’ Awolokun said.
Awolokun noted with regret that there had been fifty nine deaths and sixty-four injuries in the period under review.

Speaking in the same vein, Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Sam Amadi said that the health and safety indicators have shown only eighty- eight per cent compliance, whereas international standard stipulates a hundred percent compliance. He encouraged the managers to work at a zero level occurrence.

Amadi empathized with them on the challenges they may be experiencing, but noted the value in safety.

‘’ Safety is not all cost, it has value. It saves lives, it saves the network’’ Amadi said.

According to him, utmost professionalism is expected and went on to encourage the participants to share ideas with the Commission on safety as it would be for the benefit of all. 

Maryam Yaya Abubakar – Head, Media