By Paul Efiong
Rear Admiral Andrew Dacosta (rtd) was among new members of the Institute of Safety Professional of Nigeria(ISPON) inducted over the weekend to promote Safety management in work place as well as in private homes in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, the National President of the group, Dr. Nnamdi Illodiuba said his association is the only professional body mandated by the law in the country to certify individuals or group on safety matters, either as safety managers or safety practitioners.
ISPON president who spoke extensively on his organization mandate also solicited the support all, mostly, the new members expressing the hope that those inducted shall act as ambassadors in order to market its aims and objectives to outsiders who may be ignorance of safety management.
He urged the new members to make good use of internet services available in the country in order to broaden their knowledge, adding that “although such facilities were not available in their days, their quest for knowledge led most members then and now to read wide even as some have authored many books”.
According to ISPON boss, “the Era of man knows man has come and gone, we must work hard to sale out our objectives and mandate to the people, the government and corporate entities, there is no alternative to safety, we must work harder to enable Nigerians know the important of safety culture”.
The Federal Capital Territory, Chairman of the group, Blder Okoh Julius, who also hosted the event in an interview said his organization was registered in 1980 adding that for decades, it has impacted positively in Nigeria economy as safety first remains their watch words.
The chairman had earlier commended all the new members as well as those upgraded for their humility and patient throughout their training which included academic tests, practical physical exercise among others, adding that new members inducted were 50 while 13 others including some serving and retired military men where upgraded.