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….. ISPON President Speaks On Institute’s Crisis

The group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Coperation (NNPC), Dr Mele Kyari, Inspector of General of Police, Mohammed Adamu others have been conferred as Fellowship members of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) at its on-going 38th Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Owerri.

The 38th Professional Development Conference tagged, “Mainstreaming Safety for Sustainable Development”

According to the president of the institute, Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba stated that the fellowship conferment is a recognition of hardworking and committed members of the Institute as well as eminent personalities who have in one way or the other performed remarkably in their various offices and places of endeavour to promote the course of Safety directly or indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly.

Also, the ISPON President disclosed that no less than 200 newly-admitted members would be inducted into the institute during the course of the PDC.

Furthermore, he disclosed that the institute was currently working with the Imo and Anambra State Governments towards establishing Safety Bureaus in the states.

This, he said, was in the institute’s quest to instill safety in the consciousness of the people.

“At the institutional level, we have continued to make inroads in our linkage programmes with national and international organisations,” Ilodiuba added.

“In the course of the year, ISPON had the honour of interfacing with a visiting team of the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) in Abuja under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

“The forum provided the ground to discuss issues of bilateral interest, cardinal among which were technical/training aid and capacity building as well as institutional partnership and cooperation.

“Earlier on, ISPON had articulated an abridged position paper for presentation to the Federal Government at a proposed courtesy visit to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

We Can Not Pretend All Is Well With ISPON

HSENations reports that Ilodiuba lamented the infighting plaguing the institute, noting that he remained committed to his promise made last year to bring an end to it.

He said, “In the face of these laudable achievements, we cannot pretend that all is well in the Institute.

“We are still grappling with the in-fighting plaguing the Institute. Last year I did promise to do all within my ability to bring an end to all the wrangling and I have not gone back on my words.

“Despite the numerous court judgements in favour of the Institute, I and the Governing Board have been very open and disposed to dialogue and reconciliation.

“Several meetings have been held and moves are still on-going to reconcile and re-unite the erring members with the rest of the family.

“I wish to assure you once again that no effort will be spared towards bringing lasting peace to the Institute.

“In doing this however, we shall always be forthright and uncompromising in protecting the sanctity of the ISPON Act which we fought so hard to get and which remains the grand norm of the Institute.

“I seize this opportunity to call on members on the other side to eschew their differences and retrace their steps back to the fold. Together we will form a strong, focused and progressive professional organisation.”

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