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The Lagos State Government has said as part of efforts to ensure a safe work environment in vocational schools, it has trained occupational, safety and health marshals at five technical colleges across the state.
The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, disclosed this on Wednesday during the training held in Agidingbi, Ikeja.
Mojola, who was represented by the commission’s Technical Adviser, Mr Seun Awojobi, noted that the marshals would oversee the safety of students, teachers, and equipment.
He said, “The Lagos State Bureau of Statistics in 2021 conducted safety surveys in Lagos State Technical Colleges and Vocational schools, and the outcome of the survey, therefore, was meant to add value to the safety, planning, programming as well as entrench safety culture and practices across the colleges.
“I congratulate the participants for being selected among others as representatives of their colleges for the important one-day comprehensive safety training after which they would be inducted as occupational safety marshals to oversee the safety of students, teachers, equipment, tools, machines, visitors and stakeholders.”
The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Ronke Azeez, who was represented by the Director, Co-Curricular/Gender and Social Inclusion unit, Mrs Osah Gladys, said, “Our collaboration with the LSC has been on since 2013 when safety and health were first introduced through advocacy and sensitisation in five technical colleges, and it is encouraging to see the commission taking the initiatives in making the colleges safer.
“LASTVEB believes that without a safe environment for the students, there is no decent learning.”