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Safety Engineers outline plans to support Transportation and Flooding Challenges to address Public Safety concerns

….As NISafety inaugurates Lagos Chapter

The Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers has expressed readiness to assist Lagos solve its multifaceted challenges of traffic congestion, infrastructures  and flooding in the state as part of its commitment to ensure safety of lives and properties in the state and also prevent avoidable disasters.

This was contained in the inaugural speech delivered by its Chairman, Engr Seun Faluyi during the inauguration of the Chapter in Lagos. The event was also to witness the investiture of Engr Faluyi as its inaugural chairman as well as unveiling of its executive committee members.

Speaking at the event which held at Federal palace Hotel, Lagos, Engr Faluyi said the Chapter has taken cognizance of the various challenges faced by the State in areas of Traffic congestion and flooding as well as the well publicized fire incidences recorded in the state.

Engr Faluyi said: “one issue that people in Lagos, and indeed in Nigeria, are currently facing is the issue of petroleum tanker explosions on Nigerian roads. There have been several incidents, such as at the Otedola bridge in Ikeja and on the Ojuelegba bridge in the recent past, that resulted in loss and property damage. Many have despaired that there seems to be no solution or end in sight.”

He said that these incidences are however preventable; saying: “In the world of engineering, these issues are not particularly new or insurmountable. For example, the tankers that have had the greatest propensity to explode or catch fire are those that are fabricated in Nigeria. In fact, it is not even all made in Nigeria tankers that have this propensity.  It is mostly those that are made in welding shops where engineering standards are not followed, that tend to have these problems.”

He said the “The Nigerian Society of Engineers has developed codes and standards specifically for the safe transport of petroleum products on Nigerian roads. The next goal is now to make sure that they are adopted so as to actually succeed in making our roads safer in Nigeria.”

“For the issue of traffic congestion on Lagos roads, caused by the indiscriminate parking of trucks and tankers on roads and bridges, engineers know that traffic management issues are not peculiar to Lagos, or to Nigeria, and can provide a solution. The reason why there are now so many of these trucks on the roads leading to Apapa is because the ports were privatized and the new owners have thrown out the trucks that used to park in the ports. The trucks have also increased in number as a result of increased activities going through the ports.” He observed.

“Engineers can do a structural analysis and failure mode analysis of the bridges to determine how safe they are, how well the supports and underlying soil can handle the load or what amount and nature of reinforcement will be needed to maintain their integrity given their age.” He suggested.

On Lagos flooding He said . “At least 40% of urban populations live in coastal cities and all contend with rising sea levels that is a fallout of global warming. These cities face the same grave danger to the safety of their peoples and infrastructure. Engineers in such cities prepare solutions that are a combination of efficient and intelligent drainage systems, proactive town planning for developments in coastal locations and robust management policies for developments in low elevation areas.”

He expressed the Institution’s readiness to work with the Lagos State Government in addressing the challenges.

Recalling the reason for establishment of the Division, Engr Faluyi said: “The necessity for a (Safety) Division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers came about because of various disasters that had been occurring in the country that resulted in loss of life and property and required solutions that can only be proffered by engineers.“

“We want to make our country safer, for ourselves, for our children and for coming generations of Nigerians” he concluded.

On his part, the President of West African Federation of Engineers, HRH Otis Anyaeji while presenting the Keynote Address practicing Safety Engineering in Nigeria advised all engineers particularly the Safety Engineers to arm themselves with copies of all Acts that guide safety engineering. (Full report to be published soonest).

Petrolog Offers to collaborate…

Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman of Petrolog Limited, Dr Vincent Ebuh has committed his company to collaborate with the Division to achieve its goals and objectives on engineering safety in the country and in oil and gas industry subsector. He said this during his speech delivered at the event.

Nothing that Petrolog as one of the oldest indigenous Oil and Gas companies in the country has always been committed to local content and place high premium on safety in all its operations and facilities.

Dr Ebuh tasked the Institution on the need to key into Oil and gas watchword: ‘If it’s not safem doesn’t do it’. He challenged the institution to “help strengthen the safety standards and enforcement of safety regulations to prevent buildings and bridges collapses that are rampant in the country.”

Engr Jani Ibrahim, the Chairman LUBCON group, launched the institution’s Magazine. He congratulates the chapter and the Nigerian safety community.

The National Chairman, Engr Prince Biodun Oyedepo officially inaugurated the Chapter while also swearing in Engr Faluyi as Inaugural Chairman of the Chapter. This was followed by the swearing in of other members of the executive committee of the Chapter which are:

  1. Engr Dave Nwosu- Vice Chairman
  2. Engr Prisca Kanebi- General Secretary
  3. Osolima Mac-Jaja – Treasurer
  4. Ita Enebong – Financial Secretary
  5. Engr Kayode Fowode – Technical Secretary
  6. O. E. Dejimabo – Assistant General Secretary
  7. Inusa Ekhaghai – PRO

Dignitaries Presence at the event are Chief Oba Otudeko, Chairman Honeywell Groups, Dr. Vincent Ebuh, Chairman Petrolog Group, Engr Jani Ibrahim, Chairman LUBCON Groups, Engr Otis Anyaeji, President Federation of African Engineering Organisation, and CEO Otis Engineering Group, Engr Prince ‘Biodun Oyedepo, National Chairman NISafetyE, Mrs Joan Faluyi, MD Offshore Dimensions Limited,. Others are Engr Akin Akintola, NSE National Executive member, Engr Dotun Majekodunmi, National general Secretary NISafetyE, Engr Dideolu Falobi, MD Krestal laurel Limited and host of others.

100 new members are inducted at the event which attracted supports of corporate organizations like Honeywell Group, Total Nigeria, Lonadek Consulting, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pavilion technology Limited, Uraga Power Solution, Offshore Dimensions Limited and others.

Membership of NISafetyE is opened to all Satiety practitioners both engineers and non engineers. For information and partnership, you can reach them on lagos@nisafety.com.ng 07062883280

Report Compiled by Isqil Najim

Engr Faluyi Swearing in the other executive committee members at the event
Engr Faluyi Swearing in the other executive committee members at the event
HR Engr Otis Anyaeji Presenting the Inaugural lecture
Cross section of Attendees at the fully packed Hall

Chairman, Honeywell Group, Chief Oba Otudeko making his address

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