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Lagos Safety Commission charges craftsmen and developers to ensure safety on construction sites

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The Lagos State Safety Commission charged artisans and developers in the state to prioritize safety on their construction sites.

The Commission’s Director-General, Mr Lanre Mojola, delivered the keynote address during a two-day training event organized by the Commission in collaboration with Oloko Adenle and Sowemimo Legal Practitioners, as well as the Lagos State Association of Real Estate Developers.

On Wednesday at the event, Mojola, who was represented by the Commission’s Technical Adviser, Mr Seun Awojobi, said that in line with the Governor’s THEMES Agenda of making Lagos a 21st Century Economy, indeed security and good governance as well as the safety of lives and property is at the forefront of the current administration’s agenda.

Mojola went on to say that, in light of recent events in the state, the state government realized the need for training all people, particularly those who are responsible for working on construction sites, in order to find a means to reduce or eliminate similar occurrences.

“In line with Mr Governor’s mandate of making Lagos a 21st Century economy and indeed Security and Good Governance, the safety of lives and properties sits at the core of this administration’s agenda.

“The real estate sector has been plagued with many mishaps recently ranging from building collapse, to loss of lives and properties among many other things. Today’s forum seeks to enlighten us on steps to take in ensuring safety for all stakeholders,” he said

He, on the other hand, believes that workers’ training will go a long way toward decreasing risks and accidents on building sites, and he asked all stakeholders to be vigilant and ask questions about possible methods to make Lagos State safe, hygienic, and free of dangers.

Mr Adebiyi Adeyinka, Director of Public Safety and Wellbeing at the Lagos State Safety Commission, informed participants that before starting a task, they should carefully inspect all items to be utilized at the site and do a risk assessment.

According to him, workers at the sites should weigh the risk against the cost, and either find a way to eliminate the risk before starting the job or abandon it if the risk is too great.

Mr Olumegbon Olawale, the General Secretary of the Lagos State Association of Real Estate Developers, also applauded the Lagos State government and the Safety Commission for conducting such a session, stating that such a program will undoubtedly help in minimizing risks on building sites.

He further advised his colleagues to take the training seriously, as well as pleaded with the Lagos State Government and the Lagos State Safety Commission to make it a continuing program so that all builders and workers on building sites are aware of it.

“This is a very laudable and good programme, which we all have interest in because it would go a long way to put a lasting solution to happenings on our construction sites.

“I would also want Lagos State Safety and the Lagos Safety Commission to make it a continuous thing so as to make it more popular and generally known to all of us builders and workers at the construction sites”, Olumegbon said.

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