Meet our next set of Awardees, the Guardian Angels and Special Recognition Award. These top Safety professionals have gone the extra mile to impact the lives of others.
GUARDIAN ANGEL AWARD
This award is to celebrate the work of eminent personalities who have gone 'above and beyond' to improve the safety of others.
It could be a Head of a Government Ministry or Agency who gives up his or her time to volunteer in the community and has made remarkable difference through unique initiatives as regards Health and Safety or an Executive/Managerial Safety professional with at least 26 years of work experience who has gone the extra mile to pioneer/formulate enduring safety policy or culture, thereby protecting colleagues or the general public.
This Guardian Angel Award primarily seeks to reward the actions of those who would otherwise go unnoticed, thereby motivating others to take up the torch and help shape a safer society for all.
Alhaja Nofisat Arogundade
Alhaja Nofisat Arogundade retired from the Federal Civil Service in August 2016, after 35 years of meritorious service, during which she was the pioneer Director of Occupational Health and Safety Department, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
She initiated the process for the development of First National Occupational Safety and Health Profile in Nigeria with the technical support of the International Labour Organisation.
Alhaja Arogundade was equally a member of the National Drafting Committee of National Policy on Occupational Safety and Health between 2003 and 2006, and a member of the National Drafting Committee of Occupational Safety and Health Bill, 2005.
She has been a mentor to many Quality Assurance and HSE professionals throughout her career.
Rasak Fadipe is the current and first substantive Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, a body he has successfully turned into the best in the federation, maintaining the all-time record as the Best Fire Service in Nigeria since 2009.
Because of his hands-on approach to leadership, he has since his appointment superintended over 1977 emergency incidents without any serious complaint.
He has also been at the vanguard of saving the lives of 144 Lagosians, with estimated properties worth over N118.54 billion also salvaged.
He was a recipient of the 9jaSAFE Merit Award 2015 and a finalist for the Lagos Man of the Year Award, 2016.
Dr. Rabiu Suleiman
Dr. Rabiu Suleiman is an Industrial Chemist with 30 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, having joined the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in 1987.
As General Manager of the Group HSE Department between 2009 and 2015, he was principally responsible for coordinating and integrating all HSE business activities of the NNPC.
It is to his credit that the NNPC Group’s HSE culture was laid and nurtured to maturity, in line with internationally-accepted best practice and similar to world-class Oil and Gas companies.
It was also to his credit as GM (GHSE), that NNPC was awarded “Africa Most Outstanding HSE Compliant Company” at a grand event in Accra, Ghana in 2012.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
This award is to celebrate the work of an individual who has through years of labour and commitment contributed immensely to the growth of safety, extended the frontiers beyond the shores of Nigeria, and thereby motivating others to take up the torch and help shape a safer society for all.
This award is presented to the recipient at the discretion of the judges and Selection Committee of the 9jaSAFE Awards.
Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba
Since beginning what will be a life-long professional romance as a medic in the Nigerian Navy in 1981, Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba has dedicated over 35 years of his life to Occupational Health and Safety.
He is the current President of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPoN) and has led the body through a momentous era.
He chartered ISPoN in 2014, six months after installation as the president and established Diploma and Post-graduate Diploma in HSE with Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta state, among others.
A mentor to many HSE professionals in Nigeria, Dr Ilodiuba has many professional publications to his name and has facilitated countless HSE seminars and forums home and abroad.