Stakeholders task Lagos schools’ prefects on safety regulations
Stakeholders have urged school prefects in Lagos schools to cultivate the habit of thinking outside of the box as an important rule in health and safety management in school environment.
They spoke during the inaugural training and award forum organised by the Lagos State Safety Commission for the school prefects in Lagos. Health and safety expert, Folashade Coker, at the forum, explained that to fulfil their mandate, pupils must develop uncommon listening and communication skills, respect their colleagues while seeking compliance to rules and observe personal hygiene as safety officers in their respective schools.
The safety prefects were drawn from schools within the six educational districts of Lagos. The project, initiated in 2014, is to ensure that schools provide a safe environment for pupils. So far, safety audit has been carried out in all the modern colleges in the state and few private schools with report indicating that majority of schools have low level of compliance due to negligence of safety consciousness.
Coker charged the pupils to be diligent in performing their roles and support efforts of the state government in reducing accidents during knowledge acquisition.
The Lead Consultant, Total Facilities Limited, Mr. Dapo Taiwo, advised the prefects to take responsibility for their safety to eliminate health and safety risks. He reiterated the change in approach to safety in the state, saying it has been reviewed for schools to achieve safety standards and compliance. This, he said, would ensure that students, staff and visitors return home safe and sound.
Taiwo explained that the presentation of awards to some selected individuals that include, the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu who is the grand patron for chool safety, the best safe school award to Oriwu College lkorodu, and the Safety Teacher of the year 2019 award to Mrs. Limotalai Adegoke of Oriwu College, Ikorodu, among others, was to encourage them to take issues of safety as important.
He added that the awardees were selected based on their passion and contributions to protecting lives and properties in school in the state.On his part, the director, training programme, Lagos State Safety Commission, Adeyinka Adebiyi, said, “School environment must be free of hazards in both the classroom and field of play. It is the responsibility of managements to ensure that pupils come and return safely. Students must wear laboratory coat in the Lab and there must be safety policy on food handlers, child abuse and bullying.”
Earlier, in her address, the Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Sanwo-Olu who is the Grand-patron of safety in the state, said stakeholders including government at all levels must work together to reduce accidents and hazards at all levels of education by giving necessary attention to safety of pupils. Mrs. Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the wife of the commissioner for information, Mrs. Omotoso, advised parents to consistently instill in their wards good values to grow responsible citizens in the country.
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