By Samuel Ibiyemi
The Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers has honoured Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Air Peace and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Delta Afrik Engineering Nigeria Limited with the Corporate Safety Recognition Award in Lagos last week. During the 2017 conference and annual general meeting of the Institution at Eko Hotel, 23 professionals were also honoured with the Fellowship awards. These include Executive Director (Operations) of NDPHC, Engr Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Managing Director Offshore Dimension Limited Engr Seun Faluyi, Engineer (Dr) Kosisochukwu Joy Nawaoko, Engineer Geofrey Chibuzo Nwaoko, Manager Health, Safety, Environment & Security Delta Afrik Engineering Limited Engr Oladimeji Omoniyi and Engr (Ms) Olubukola Adenike Ojurongbe among others.
National Chairman Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers, Engineer Abiodun Oyedepo (FNSE) disclosed during presentation of plagues to representatives of the organisations led by NDPHC and Air Peace that recipients of the award were selected following milestones recorded in effective implementation of safety guidelines in their operations considering the importance of safety. For instance, he commended operations and roles being played by NDPHC in the safest form to increase the nation’s generation capacity from below 2,000 mega watts (mw) to a new level of over 4,000mw. “ We are particularly impressed by the activities of Air Peace which remains indigenous airline with the highest fleet of commercial aircrafts and safest airline with zero incident since commencement of operation, “ he stated.
In appreciation of the safety award, Engr Oyedele promised on behalf of NDPHC to build on the safety performance identified as the benchmark for the safety recognition award. Besides, he explained that the company has a standard structure for training and retraining staff to ensure compliance with international safety regulations needed to avert explosions and electricity shock. “ The NDPHC today remains committed to development of the power sector and collaboration with the Transmission Company of Nigeria ( TCN) and Distribution companies,” he said.
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari should be commended for the improvement recorded in the nation’s economy despite the low oil prices below $30 per barel at the beginning of his administration.
The Corporate Communications Manager Air Peace Limited Mr Christian Iwarah said the safety award by Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers in recognition of the airlines milestone is a challenge to invest more resources as the safest airline in Nigeria. He noted that the milestone identified by the institution informed the ease at which Air Peace obtained flight operation approval in several countries to promote Nigeria as a quality brand in terms of safety compliance. “ We remained committed to excellent safety compliance both on engineering and services, hence the reason for regular training, retraining, installation of advanced global technolog and maintenance of our fleet of aircrafts when due,” he said.
In dedication of the safety recognition award to customers and staff, Mr Iwarah called for the encouragement of Nigerian engineers by the Institution to focus on aviation engineering so as to reduce cost of maintenance abroad by indigenous airlines. He lamented that it requires between $2 to $3 million to carry out the smallest routine maintenance abroad which when converted to Naira is a lot of money that could be invested in growing capacity of the airline. “ We appreciate the roles of indigenous engineers working for Air Peace but having a collaboration with the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers to build capacity and skills needed by Indigenous airline will receive the support of Air Peace as an airline committed to investment on safety of operations and aircrafts” he assured.
Engineer Oyedepo reiterated the committed of the Institution to engineering safety in the country as the fundamental thing needed to put in place to end several air disasters and accidents on the nation’s road networks. This, he said is quite different from occupational safety which requires having the right concept when designing a project. “If there is a public enemy number one in Nigeria, a foe that affects all parts of the country, an opposition to positive output and outcome in industries and persons of all categories, and a hindrance to our collective March to national industrial success, it is a defective public safety,” he said.
Engineer Oydepo noted that the Institution is creating awareness to assure the general public that there are qualified engineers in Nigeria that will help to prevent building collapse and fire disasters among others.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu was represented at the award ceremony that took place during the 2017 conference by Engineer Johnson Awoyomi while the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige was also represented by the Director ( Occupational Safety &Health) Dr ( Mrs) Ifeoma Igweze- Anyanwutaku. The Managing Director of Krista Laurel Engineer Dideolu Falobi represented the former Governor of Ogun State Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
The Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers was approved by the council of the Nigerian Society of Engineers because of the place of safety in the society.