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Nigeria pursues twofold decrease in industrial accidents


The current rate is one serious accident a week

Nigeria intends to halve the number of industrial accidents in the country. This plan was announced by Mrs. Sibeudu Onyebuchi, Head of Safety and Environment of Nigerian Department of Petroleum Resources, at St. Petersburg Forum on Industrial Safety on Wednesday.

Mrs. Sibeudu admitted that, on average, one serious accident occurs in the industry every week. She said this trend had been observed for the past 10 years. However, accidents are unevenly distributed sub-sectorally and geographically with emergencies most often happening in desert areas.

In order to solve these problems, Nigeria is going to introduce control and supervision measures and to institute mental health assessment programs. Apart from this, the country is launching minimum safety trainings for workers in the industry.

44 thousand workers have already completed their training courses. In future, trained workforce is supposed to reach 120 thousand people which is expected to reduce accidents by 50%.

Nigeria is the leading oil producer in Africa. Other mineral reserves of the country include coal, stannum, columbite.

The International Forum on Industrial Safety is held in St. Petersburg every year. In 2018, it is the 16th time. This year the Forum venue is Hilton Hotel St. Petersburg Expoforum. The conference was attended by more than 170 people from different states. The organizer is GCE Group.

Source: Business News Agency

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I would like to thank the organizers for the invitation to this Forum. It was a pleasure to meet professionals in the industry and talk to them during and after the presentation. Moreover, the participants’ suggestions regarding the topics are taken into account in the next forums. Therefore, I will be happy to come back next year.

Mutaph Vitaliy

Mutaph Vitaliy, Rescue Service Colonel
Environmental Quality Monitoring Department, Coordinator of UNECE Convention on Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents