The Federal Polytechnic, Nekede has donated a secretariat to the United Kingdom-based Occupation, Safety and Health Association (OSHA) to support its activities in the South-East.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Michael Arimanwa, said this on Thursday in Owerri during a Fellowship Investiture, organised for him and other principal officers of the institution by OSHA.
Arimanwa, represented by the Deputy Rector, Dr Anthonia Nwosu, lauded the institute for its work in Nigeria.
He expressed the hope that the secretariat would facilitate the smooth take off of association in the southeast.
“OSHA boosts and validates skills of individuals and corporate organisations.
“We, therefore, urge members of staff and students of this institution to take advantage of OSHA to garner health and safety knowledge for use at the workplace.
“To support the activities of OSHA and the good work it is doing in Nigeria and beyond, my management has donated a two hall classroom as secretariat to start off in this institution,” he said.
Earlier, the Imo Chairman of OSHA, Dr Austin Madu, described the association as an independent and international body with regional presence worldwide.
Madu described the investiture as a landmark to usher in the association’s programmes and interventions in the southeast.
President of OSHA, Dr Dalhatu Mohammed, who was represented by Prof. Azubuike Nwankwo, a Human Physiologist, felicitated the awardees for their lofty achievements.
In a keynote address, Special Adviser to Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo on Public Safety, Mr Ugochukwu Nzekwu, identified cultism as a public safety hazard.
He, therefore, admonished students of the institution to shun cultism and other social vices.
Nzekwu, an OSHA Fellow, described the investiture as a proof that public safety in Imo and Nigeria was in safe hands.
He called on employers of labour to provide health and safety protocols for their workers.
In a goodwill message, Mr Fidel Onyeneke, a Special Adviser on Media to the rector, congratulated the awardees for their “credibility and professional acumen”.
Onyeneke, a former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Imo, called for increased synergy between OSHA and the polytechnic.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other awardees included the Registrar, Mrs Eucheria Anuna, and the Librarian, Dr Chris Enyia, amongst others.
Edited By: Chidi Opara/Sam Oditah