Reps seek agency, board for safety standards implementation 

 

The House of Representatives Committee on Safety Standards, has reveled plans for the establishment of Regulatory Agency and Board for implementation of safety standards and regulations in Nigeria.

Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi, who disclosed this in Abuja, during an interactive session with Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), assured that the proposed legislative framework would be presented to the house after all the stakeholders’ inputs.

He said: “I think every Agency seems to be working in silos, that means no coordination. In our continuous efforts to raise the bar on safety standards, the committee has identified key areas for improvement. We are focusing on creating a Regulatory Board that will cut across all sectors to address emerging challenges and promote proactive measures.

“Our goal is not just compliance but creating a safety culture that goes beyond regulations, fostering a mindset where safety is ingrained in every aspect of our activities. 

“This Committee’s journey will be most interesting, especially, with you on board, spanning from our mission and vision statements, our 4Cs Value (Consolidation, Capacity Building, Compliance and Culture) on a three-year strategic plan, with unique strategic principles, advantages and an impressive SWOT analysis; the Goals and Action Plans with which the Committee shall by God’s grace work through with you, believing that we will achieve this daunting task together. 

“Today, we find ourselves at a juncture where all safety legislations are scattered (FRSC, NSITF, NIMASA, NNRA, NCC, etc) without a coordinating body, no generalised and harmonised Safety Management System, No Reportage System and most of it all, the extreme poor compliance rate across board.”