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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

Forum participant’s opinion

«The XI International Forum on Industrial Safety is an important summit, because this is a possibility to discuss industrial safety issues with some of the major stakeholders, namely industry and authorities. The UNECE regards such events as a possibility to reinforce the implementation of the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents. Events such as the XI International Forum on Industrial Safety allow us to come to common understanding and to contribute to higher level of protection of human health and environment.

It is very encouraging that representatives of many countries are gathered here to discuss the issue of industrial safety. It is hard to transfer experience, but since the majority of experts here have similar backgrounds, sources of expertise and regulations that would allow them to increase their capacity in the area of industrial safety.

It is important to involve all relevant stakeholders in the implementation of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents - authorities on local, regional and national level, industry, general public and NGOs, but also international organizations. The UNECE is also cooperating on international level with other UN bodies in order to tackle most effectively the issue of transboundary accidents. Industrial safety is the key to high level of protection for human health and environment, and it is very important not only to be able to react adequately to the occurrence of major accidents, but also to do the utmost to prevent and prepare for them.

That is why we regard the XI International Forum on Industrial Safety and similar international summits as meaningful events. Attention of the international community towards industrial safety is increasing, as the popularity of such summits do, and governments all around the UNECE region are paying more attention to industrial and accident safety.»

Nikolay Savov

Nikolay Savov, Manager of the Assistance Programme The UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (Bulgaria)