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Lagos pledges commitment to safety at 9ja Safe Awards


The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC), Hon. Akeem Dickson

The Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) has restated its call to introduce compulsory insurance to all buildings in the state, while also kick-starting its ‘Vision Zero’ project, geared towards ensuring the safety of pupils in Lagos.

Hakeem Dickson, Director-General of LSSC, made this known during the third Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence also known as 9ja Safe Awards held recently in Lagos.

“It is a pity that the Insurance Law of 2003, which had since been in existence has not been fully enforced except for the aspect which provides for compulsory insurance for motor vehicles. Unknown to many, the Law provides compulsory insurance policy for owners of buildings, hospitals among others, which are also as important if not more important than insuring a vehicle,” he said.


The 9ja Safe Award celebrates organisations that go above and beyond the call of duty and is endorsed by national and international professional safety organizational bodies, which include Institute of Safety Professional Organisation of Nigeria (ISPON), Society of Occupational and Environmental Health Physicians of Nigeria (SOEHPON), World Safety Organisation (WSO) and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

The Chief Coordinating Officer of 9JA Safe Award, who is also the Managing Editor, Safety Record Newspaper, Mr. Femi Da-silva, said the awards, in its third year, is seeking to promote safety consciousness in homes, workplaces and the larger society and reward firms at the forefront of safety in the country.

Some of the winners include Felix Bello, Best Use of Social Media individual category and HSEQ Professionals Nigeria, Best Use of Social Media group category. Company of the year was BCL Construction & Civil Engineering.

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