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Expert seeks scientific investigation of recession




As efforts are being intensified to take Nigeria out of recession, an expert has advised government and private businesses to exercise strict caution against incessant accident and emergencies that could destroy investments and divert business focus.

The expert urged corporate entities to learn from previous mishaps by employing scientific models in investigating occurrences, useful in making safety recommendations intended to prevent a recurrence of similar and future accidents, thus securing investment and resources.

This was the submission of the National Fire Prevention Awareness and Advocacy, NFPAWA Programme Director, Mrs. Anthonia Beri, in a statement made available to The Guardian yesterday.

The NFPWA boss, who faulted Nigeria’s weak and crude effort while reacting to fire occurrence, especially in the area of investigation, she stated that its method had not always followed scientific procedures that should have provided accurate guidelines against recurrence.

Beri disclosed that NFPWA was therefore organising a conference and training in May 2017 at the Oriental Hotels, Lagos, to provide an opportunity for professionals and operators to develop the required human capacity to efficiently support and drive their corporate objectives. We will be dealing extensively on investigation for safety purposes.

Beri affirmed that complying with global standards of fact findings in cases of accidents would see companies pay less insurance premium, enjoy credible reputation, stakeholders older buy-in and increased confidence in their business continuity plan.

She urged firms and bodies to take a cue from the National Fire Protection Association NFPA guide and standards, which were endorsed by National Association of Fire Investigators, NAFI.

“NFPA 921 sets the bar for scientific-based investigation and analysis of fire and explosion incidents. It is the foremost guide for rendering accurate opinions as to incident origin, cause, responsibility, and prevention,” she said.

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