Safety Professional Urges More Safety Consciousness Among Nigerians

The President, American Society for Safety Professionals (ASSP), Mr. Nsikak Ekam, has called on Nigerians to be safety conscious so as to minimize building collapses, tanker explosions, and fire outbreaks.

Ekam made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, there is a need for Nigerians to take safety measures seriously and adhere strictly to safety ethics and management for safe living and a safer country.

“The campaign we are carrying out currently is to reverse the daily occurrence of building collapse, people drowning and flood.

”We also want to end tanker explosion, fire outbreaks, unnecessary traffic vandalism and people tempering with transformers, among others.

“All these are incidences that are touching to our association and which Nigerians should learn from, to help the country grow,” he said.

Ekam said that the Federal Government should have adequate policies that would address safety challenges among Nigerians, adding that adequate precautions would help prevent domestic accidents.

He said that domestic safety started by ensuring that when one is home alone, somebody outside should have a spear key to gain access to the house.

He said that cases of stroke and people collapsing without anyone knowing was rampant, regretting that it had become impossible to get help with the kind of burglary proofs and doors in houses.

He said that one could get help easily while struggling on the ground once he is able to put a call across to a neighbor or next of kin nearby.

Ekam said that there was a need for safety management to be integrated into the educational sector to enable students to study and internalize the benefits of safety tips.

He said that school proprietors should ensure that the schools had perimeter fencing and that they were located in areas where safety was guaranteed.

Ekam said that safety was the collective responsibility of the government and individuals, adding that while the government regulates, makes laws and enforce them, it was the individual that must be more careful.

He said that once a driver had a seat belt on, there would be no need of running away, dangerous turning or speeding on sighting a road safety.

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