By Raji Rasak
Lagos – The Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) says it has won Corporate Pacesetter in Power Sector and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Campaign awards for 2018.
Mr Felix Ofulue, the Head, Corporate Communications Unit, said in Lagos that the awards were in recognition of IE’s HSE Initiatives and innovative approach in educating Nigerians through the use of its proprietary Power Play Game.
Ofulue said the awards were presented to the company at the 2018 Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence organised by 9jaSAFE Award.
According to him, 9jaSAFE is a respected body set up to recognise the outstanding performances and initiatives of companies, organisations, or institutions toward promoting and raising safety consciousness.
Commenting, Mr Jamiu Badmos, the IE’s Head of Quality, HSE, said the awards further testified to the organisation’s consistency and commitment to high safety standards and drives to always improve safety initiatives.
“We are proud to be honoured with these awards which will not only establish us as a pacesetter in the energy sector, but also confirms that we are on the right track through all our various initiatives over the years.
“Our track record speaks volume about our commitment to the highest standard of safety.
“In 2017, Ikeja Electric won the Corporate Pacesetter and Best use of Social Media amongst over six hundred nominations received across the country.
“We also won an award in as an organisation committed to Safety Excellence in 2016.
“Also, at the maiden edition in 2015, we won the Best Health and Safety Practicing organisation in the power industry,” Badmos said.
He said that the successive awards and others accolades were earned as result of the unrivalled commitment of the board and management, coupled with outstanding passion of staff members for safety excellence.
“Through its impactful HSE policies, fatality among its staff has dropped to zero, while the third party fatality has declined significantly.
“The POWERPLAY© which is a major component for winning this award, is the company’s proprietary board game designed to educate people on safety measures.
“The Board Game, which can accommodate up to six players, is an edutainment tool, providing critical information relating to electrical hazards and safety measures that can prevent loss of lives and property.
“It is available for download on Android phones at the Google Play Store,” Badmos said.
He said that Mr Olabode Jegede, a staff in the Technical Department of IE, also emerged as one of the 9jaSAFE Torchbearers for his passionate implementation and enforcement of safety standards in operations and maintenance operations.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 9jaSAFE Award is endorsed by the Lagos State Safety Commission, Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), World Safety Organisation (WSO) and American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).
Others are Society for Occupational and Environmental Health Physicians of Nigeria (SOEHPON), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Fire Protection Association of Nigeria (FPAN). (NAN)