International Breweries and Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Limited on Tuesday emerged as star awardees in the 2016 Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund- Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association Safe Workplace Intervention Programme awards.
At a ceremony held in Lagos, the two companies won the award in the category of Excellence in Safety Culture in South West Nigeria.
Speaking at the ceremony were the companies were rewarded with an ambulance each, the Assistant Director of Factories, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs. Ibokette Olive, said the awardees were selected after an Occupational Safety and Health audit was carried out.
Meanwhile, in the Occupational Safety and Infrastructure category, Multishield Limited, Tisco, Wires and Cable, Metrovet Consultants Limited, Afrab Chem Limited, Kopek Construction, RT Briscoe and Steel Works Limited were rewarded with safety equipment.
Also as a reward for their level of compliance with safety measures, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Dangote Cement Plc, Chi Limited, BOC Gases and Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc bagged outstanding Performance Awards.
The Managing Director, Portland Paints, Mr. Mukhtar Yakasai called for enforcement of safety in Nigeria companies and advocated for a minimum level of safety that should be complied with to reduce the risk of accidents.
He said: “We are humbled by the award and happy that as an organisation, we have been able to recognise what we have been doing as it concerns employee and operational safety which is what naturally organisations are expected to do. If there is an organisation.”
Also speaking, the Chief Operating Officer, International Breweries, Mr. Andrew Ross, explained that the ambulance would be the second one owned by the company and would be donated to a local hospital in the community.