Worsening Insecurity: Nigeria’s World Safety Report ranking as ‘unsafe’ worries House of Reps.

The House of Representatives Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations has urged safety professionals to live up to their responsibility of making the nation safer.

It followed the World Safety Report, which ranks Nigeria as the least safe country.

This was the focus of a strategic stakeholders engagement for the sustainable practice of safety management in Nigeria organised by the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria, (ISPON).

According to the Chairman, House Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations, Hamza Ibrahim, represented by his vice-chairman, Sam Chinedu Onwuazo, with the ISPON Act enacted in 2014, the Committee in the discharge of its task, commenced a series of interactive sessions with critical stakeholders.

Their presentations, he said, were insightful, revealing, shocking and disturbing; scenarios that reflect the poor state of compliance to safety legislation and rules across most sectors.

He added that Nigerians deserve a safe and healthy workplace and environment, devoid of hazards or where elimination seems impossible, reduced to as low as reasonably practicable.

National President of the Institute, Kaizer Ebiwari, noted that safety professionals were operating in a diverse and not coordinated mode, which according to him is not healthy for safety to thrive.

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