The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Hakeem Dickson has advised business men and traders in Computer Village, Ikeja to adhere to the State’s Safety laws in order to protect their lives, property and investments in order to avoid disaster.
Dickson, during a visit to the Computer Village observed several safety infractions which include lack of proper safety measures, poor parking, and improper stacking of goods as well as lack of signage amongst others.
The Director-General advised that the traders should henceforth have a budget line for safety in order to accommodate all the necessary safety measures including the provision of Personal Protective Equipment.
He said the Akinwunmi Ambode administration is very passionate about safety of lives and property, adding that a business environment can only thrive and be attractive to investors and customers when it is safe.
The Director-General advised that the parking arrangement should be improved upon to allow free movement, noting that in case of fire, accessibility will be difficult.
Mr. Dickson appreciated the cooperation of the members of Computer and Allied Products Association of Nigeria, CAPDAN and their willingness to synergize with the vision of Governor Ambode to ensure a safe and conducive environment for business and tourism to thrive.
He reminded the association of the need to insure their business premises and other assets, stressing that embracing appropriate insurance policy would save them and their businesses in the event of any unforeseen disaster.
He expressed the hope that Computer Village will be a reference point for other business associations in the State in terms of safety Compliance, saying that “Safety compliance is cheap compared to the colossal loss that will be incurred in case of fire and other hazards”.
Responding, the President of CAPDAN, Alhaji Ojikutu Ahmed Adeniyi expressed delight at the proactiveness of the Lagos State Safety Commission for initiating series of meetings with the Association prior to the visit which he said has been very fruitful and was an eye opener about safety.
According to Mr. Ojikutu, Computer Village is the largest ICT hub in Africa with investment base worth billions of Naira which he said should not be lost due to avoidable incidents.
He pledged the Association’s willingness to cooperate and ensure that computer Village is safe, noting that it is only when the market is safe that investors and customers will visit.
The Director-General and his team were conducted round Computer Village by the Executives of CAPDAN and the safety committee to assess the level of safety compliance within the market.