The Lagos State Government has again demonstrated its commitment to workplace safety by emphasizing the need for adherence to safety regulations and standards at the workplace.
Speaking recently at an event tagged “Law Colloquium On Adherence To Occupational Standards In A Mega-City”, organised by the Lagos State Safety Commission and held at Ostra Hall, Alausa, Ikeja, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo said workers are the most important stakeholders in any organization, thus there is need to put standards and guidelines in place to protect them.
The Commissioner, represented by Dr. Bukola Ayinla of the Ministry of Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations, said the Lagos State Government takes workers welfare as a priority as it recognizes that a safe and healthy worker is more productive and the successful execution of policies are dependent on them.
In his words, “Lagos State policies are benchmarked against international standards; this event is key to ensuring we meet up with our international counterparts”.
Mr. Oladejo, therefore, advised stakeholders to use the forum as an avenue to identify gaps and key into the next steps to be taken towards achieving zero harm to workers.
In his goodwill message, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, said “for a growing Mega City like Lagos (with an estimated population of more than 22 million people), what we want is a safe environment which will improve the minds and talents of our citizens to be put to good use, encourage businesses to function effectively enough to grease the oils of foreign direct investment and development”.
He added that safety standards affect every aspect of our lives, influences what we do as a society, yet most companies and people have little or no awareness about the impact of safety standards or the process by which they are produced.
In his Keynote address, the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Hakeem Dickson said Occupational Health in the developing countries have been neglected for so long thereby affecting productivity and socio-economic activities.
He said appropriate legislation and regulations together with adequate means of enforcement are key policy instruments for the protection of workers.
At the end of the colloquium, participants agreed that the Commission needs to drive the Lagos State Safety Policy Statement through the sensitization and public awareness programmes via the use of print and electronic media.