Lafarge Africa Plc. has been awarded the best Health, Safety and Environment, HSE, practice in the manufacturing sector at the Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence Hall of Fame 2015 for its high standard and commitment to health, safety of workers and the environment.
Also known as 9Ja Safe Awards, the prestigious event which held in Lagos was a convergence of HSE professionals in the country, as well as top players from the oil & gas, manufacturing, property and construction, telecommunications, power, banking, finance, insurance, maritime and aviation industry among others.
Lafarge won the award in the category which had other manufacturing giants in Nigeria as nominees.
Lafarge Africa Plc., is an advanced building materials and construction solutions company. Its operations in Nigeria cover AshakaCem in Gombe State, Atlas Cement in Rivers State, UniCem in Cross River State and WAPCO in Ogun State, as well as Aggregates and Readymix Sites across the country.
Managing Director, Concrete & AggregatesReadymix (an arm of Lafarge), Mr. Loren Zanin, received the award on behalf of the Group MD/CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc, Mr. Peter Hoddinott.
Zanin led the Lafarge Africa Plc. team comprising Mr. Tim Oseghe, Country Road Safety Manager; Salisu Sayaya, Lagos Liaison Manager, Ashaka Cement Operations and Engr. Tukur Lawal, Country Health & Safety Manager. Engr. Lawal was also one of the nominees under the Health and Safety Champions.
While receiving the award, Zanin commended the organisers of 9ja Safe Awards for raising the standard of health and safety in Nigeria through the initiative.
He said: “We are very thrilled to be part of the evening. We are not doing health and safety because of awards, but we strongly believe in health and safety that is why we look after our workers and we ensure that families of our workers have safe working places. Awards are nice but what is more important to us is being a good health and safety provider always. Every organisation has got the responsibility to look after its workers and we are doing what we know is morally right.
“With this award, the management board of Lafarge Africa Plc. has been given recognition because we are going in the right direction when it comes to health and safety, which shows we are committed to what we are doing. This award, therefore, stands as a big uplift to our people because we are being recognised as leader in health and safety in Nigeria. We are proud of that. We urge all Nigerians never to stop thinking about health and safety at work, on the road and at home. Health and safety is 24 hours a day.”
According to the organisers of Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence Hall of Fame 2015, Lafarge Africa Plc. made exceptional and outstanding contribution in HSE towards national development, achieved ground-breaking innovations in HSE and also made outstanding contribution to its environment.
The Chief Coordinating Officer, 9Ja Safe Awards, Femi Da-Silva said award was not ceremonious but prestigious because the companies and individuals who emerged winners in the Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence Hall of Fame all merited the awards “as nominees were carefully selected by reputable safety stakeholders. Thereafter, a committee using pre-determined criteria and scoring methods carried out a verification exercise.”
Popular Nigerian stand-up comedian, Seyi Law, who was the compere at the event made the evening memorable as he thrilled the audience with his wit.
The awards is Nigeria’s first ever-independent award organised in recognition of outstanding HSE initiatives. It is aimed at celebrating organisations and people who actively make health, safety a cornerstone of their business performance.

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