23 April 2019

Africa has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the health and safety of
stake-holders within its operations and to consistently abiding by the laws and
regulations guiding its operations in line with the objectives of its
Sustainability Strategy 2030 and the United Nations Sustainable Development

commitment was part of the resolutions from experts at the 2019 Health, Safety
and Environment (HSE) Summit organised by the National Industrial Safety
Council of Nigeria (NISCN) in Lagos.

summit, which was the first of its kind, brought together safety and health
experts, captains of industries and members of the public to discuss the theme
“HSE in our DNA: The Billionaire Lifestyle”.

the panel discussion, the Head, Health Safety and Environment of Lafarge Africa
Plc, Folake Odegbami, stated that as part of its core values, the company has
made significant investment to ensure a safe workplace, healthy lifestyle and
environment for its employees and stakeholders.

“We have
quality systems in place to ensure a safe environment in all our plants and we
also make significant investments in training. For instance, we have a Safety
Training Centre set up in one of our plants in Sagamu, “she said.

“We also
have a Drivers’ Training Institute in Calabar among others. Our Cement
Professionals Training Programme, also has health and safety elements included
in the curriculum. The objective is to ensure that everybody within our space
is safe and knows how to help others stay safe too.”

further stated  that focus on health and safety is part of Lafarge’s
corporate social responsibility activities: “We believe that investing in
health and safety is very essential to the wellbeing of people within our
ecosystem and we are focusing on that with the highest sense of priority. For
example, we have invested in Community Health Centers for our host communities
in Ewekoro and Sagamu Ogun State, as well as in Ashaka, Gombe State.”

In his remarks, Director
General of Lagos Safety Commission, Honourable Hakeem Dickson advocated for
safety consciousness across all sectors in Nigeria in the form of deliberate
safety practices.

According to Dickson, the benefits that come from safe and healthy practices cannot be over emphasised. He encouraged all stakeholders to take deliberate steps towards adopting safe and healthy practices while driving organisational obligations towards operational safety and excellence.

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