The Lagos State Government has trained stakeholders in the education sector in basic occupational safety as well as COVID-19 and other health hazard prevention tips in the workplace.
Addressing participants during a training in Basic Occupational Safety for Education Officers held at the Education Resource Centre, Ojodu, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, stated that the training was designed to enlighten educators on various guidelines for the workplace.
The commissioner added that a good work environment is as important as the expected increase in productivity and employee satisfaction.
Mrs. Adefisayo advised education officers to continually cultivate a safety standard and incorporate a wellness plan to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She highlighted the huge investment by the State Government in managing the spread of the virus in schools and Statewide, noting that there are several jingles and sensitisation messages on various media platforms initiated by the government to enlighten citizens.
In her words, “We need to keep protecting ourselves and adhere to the various COVID-19 protocols to save lives and further reduce the spread of the virus.”
She disclosed that the training will also improve the capacity of education officers to prevent accidents and maintain a safe work environment.
The commissioner charged the participants to seize the opportunity of the forum to learn, unlearn and relearn, emphasising that the present administration, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, initiated various programmes towards improving teaching and learning outcomes in schools.
Earlier in her remarks, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, maintained that safety is a collective effort and everyone has a duty to ensure that their immediate environment is conducive and safe.
She also informed that at the end of the training, the participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation, which qualifies them as Safety Champions for their respective MDAs.