From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
Forte Oil PLC Nigeria has announced it has joined the British Safety Council as part of its efforts to strengthen the company’s Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) management systems through industry benchmarking and adoption of global best practices.
The British Safety Council is non-for-profit organisation which offers round-the-clock advisory services as well as a broad range of world-class audit and training support on matters relating to occupational HSE requirements.
The body also champions good practice and continual improvement, both of which are promoted through the British Safety Council’s Awards schemes and it’s ‘Five Star Audits’.
Forte Oil joins over 6,000 corporate members across over 60 different countries globally, including Nigeria, where companies such as the NNPC, Unilever Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria, Fidelity Bank Plc, Nigeria LNG, Century Group, Afren Nigeria, Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited, Trevi Foundations, Moni Pulo Limited, Nestoil Group Plc, Oando Marketing Plc, UACN Property Development Company Plc and Intels Nigeria, have already signed in.
Commenting on the membership, Engr. Obed Ekeocha, the Head of Health Safety, Security, Environment and Quality said; “We are pleased to join the British Safety Council, which provides support to a league of safety-focused organisations seeking continuous improvement of their HSE management systems. Our objective is to leverage this platform to entrench an enviable safety and environmental standard in line with global best practice. We are confident that this step will further help to equip our people to achieve our utmost commitment to build a workplace of zero-injury to employees and visitors alike”.
Also commenting, Akin Akinfemiwa, the Group Chief Executive Officer, Forte Oil PLC said, “Our membership of the British Safety Council will incrementally help optimise Health, Safety and Environment standards, which are critical to our business management systems. Together with corporate governance, business ethics and exceptional customer service delivery, we are poised to achieve our goal of building a long-term successful company; boosting investor confidence by making Forte Oil PLC the investment of choice in Nigeria and globally; and creating and sustaining robust returns to our shareholders.”
Alex Botha, CEO, British Safety Council said: ‘I would like to extend a warm welcome to Forte Oil Plc as a new 3 year member of the British Safety Council. With an ever growing amount of members in Nigeria and Africa, we are delighted that Forte Oil Plc have chosen to join a movement of organisations committed to improving workplace health and safety and we hope to establish a long and collaborative relationship for many years to come and support the business with their health, safety and environment requirements.’