COVID-19: Sanwo-OIu threatens to enforce occupational safety guidelines in workplaces

• Safety of residents can no longer be taken for granted, he vows

Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, threatened to enforce occupational safety guidelines geared towards making the workplace safe and hazard-free, declaring that the safety of the residents can no longer be taken for granted.

The governor gave this commitment while speaking at the Lagos State Occupational Safety and Health Conference organized by the Lagos State Safety Commission in commemoration of this year’s ‘World Day for Safety.’

“We will ensure strict enforcement of safety rules and guidelines that are geared towards making the workplace safe and hazard-free,” the governor vowed.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Engr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, however, assured that the state would continue to work tirelessly to make Lagos safe and secure for all residents by developing a virile health and safety system responsive to any emergency.

“With the challenges we have faced in the health sector in the face of this global pandemic, we are now more resolute and committed to developing a health system that is more efficient and responsive in dealing with an epidemic or pandemic that may occur in the future.

“In Lagos, we have put in place strategies and initiatives to ensure the delivery of safety measures ahead of whatever crisis we might be confronted within any sector of the economy,” he said.

Director-General/CEO, Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC), Mr Lanre Mojola, in his remark, posited that the hazards of work-related accidents and illness which are caused by unsafe conditions acts and practices, called for the need for countries across the globe to deliberately put health and safety systems in place to change the narrative.

Omojola noted that as a responsive government, the state was charged with providing regulations and laws required to ensure that workers can discharge their duties in a safe and conducive manner.

He assured that the Commission would keep to spreading the message of safety, adding: “It is only a safer Lagos that can guarantee the attainment of a greater Lagos.”

According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to numerous unparalleled challenges globally and put to test existing protocols on safety and health in the workplace, saying this had forced governments, organisations and workers to think outside the box and develop new methods of work to remain productive and adjust to new reality called the new normal.

“Governments, organisations and workers have been forced to think outside the box and develop new methods of work to remain productive and adjust to a new reality which we call the new normal,” he said.

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