Lagos advises residents on basic safety concepts

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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Safety Stakeholders drum up support for Lagos Vision Zero tolerance on Safety.

The Lagos State Government has called on residents to continually apply basic safety concepts, to prevent risk and possible loss of lives and property.

The State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo, was speaking at the official launch of ‘Lagos Vision Zero’ Conference.

The program was organized by the State Safety Commission to remind people on the need for safety at all time.

Mr Oladejo says that there is the need for a paradigm shift at every level of an organisation, from one of fault-finding to one that focuses on finding solutions to prevent injuries and ill health.

Risk management
He said that the Safety Commission was now better positioned to raise awareness about the need to rein the risks and reduce exposure to risks at all levels through civic enlightenment, monitoring and above all improve safety consciousness that would contribute to saving lives, homes, and livelihood.

“This conference is expected to develop a workplace safety template for the State and by extension guarantee the wellbeing of all workers in Lagos State,”  The Commissioner said.

High population
he said that Lagos State like many other mega-cities around the world was also grappling with the effects of high population and thus realized the need for effective safety culture management in order to avoid dramatic consequences and prevent unnecessary loss of lives.

He however reiterates the State government commitment to continue to promote the culture of awareness, preparedness, and response at the policy level so that more lives and assets of Lagiosians can be saved.

His words: “This administration is aware of the attendant impact of safety and disaster issues on health, welfare, and productivity of the people, thus we have shared the global vision to promote effective and sustainable safety standard templates and the ultimate achievement of safety for all.”

Safety rules
He urged residents to be more determined to comply with safety rules and regulations and also strengthen safety apparatus.

“Safety is everybody’s business, I urge all participants here present to be increasingly more vigilant and report to appropriate quarters any issue/incident that may threaten the peace, progress, safety, and security of the good people of Lagos State.” he said.

Vision Zero
The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Hakeem Dickson explained that the ‘Vision Zero’ Conference was borne out of the need to reduce to the barest minimum, hazards, and risk in the workplace and ensure Zero injury, Zero accidents, Zero deaths and promote health and well being.

According to him “This Conference focuses on building capacities and raising awareness at all levels of work to cultivate a positive change mindset that all injuries and ill health caused are preventable and a belief that Zero Harm is possible. Vision Zero will not be a destination but an on-going journey.”

He said that ‘Lagos Vision Zero’ Conference with the theme: “A Mindset Change Towards Zero Harm” was in conformity with the recent sensitization by the office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation on “Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset”.

He however called on residents to  support the State Government by keying into the ‘Vision Zero’ in order to reduce unsafe acts at home and workplace to it’s barest minimum and promote well being.

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