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APM Terminals Apapa on Wednesday commemorated this year’s Annual Global Safety Day by honouring over 60 employees and contractor staff with outstanding safety records recognised during an onsite event in front of colleagues and invited dignitaries.

The event themed ‘Leading with Care’ had in attendance the Port Manager of Lagos Port Complex Apapa, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu; Controller, Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Yusuf Ibrahim Malanta, among others.

The Terminal Manager, APM Terminals Apapa, Steen Knudsen, in a statement stressed the need for safety among terminal workers.

Knudsen said that while the management staff had more influence over work design control, the colleagues at the quayside, yard, workshop and other units were the experts and it was crucial that to listen and learn from the colleagues with the highest potential for injury.

He said safety was a joint effort ‘no matter where you sit in the organisation’.

The Head of Safety, APM Terminals Apapa, Felix Ugwuagbo, said all employees including senior management team members must be diligent in observing relevant safety measures at all times.

An employee, Keni Ebiowei, speaking at the event said, “My experience has taught me to believe that safety should be first as I carry out my responsibility. As a matter of fact, it should not be a management policy again; it should be individual responsibility.”

The Port Manager of Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu, hailed the management of APM Terminals for its efforts in ensuring safety.

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Olotu said, “We want to particularly salute you for all the efforts you have put in place to ensure that the premier port keeps ranking first in areas of cargo handling, cargo integrity and safety for all the people who are coming into the terminal.

“Today, we have the opportunity to see people behind the scenes and I particularly appreciate what you are doing today.

“It is not every time we get to see the handlers, the drivers; hence we are using this opportunity to celebrate those who are not always visible. Thank you for keeping the premier port safe.”

The event also had the presentation of certificates of recognition to outstanding workers by the Controller, Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta.

“Remember, while you are being recognised today for your safety achievements, you are also setting the bar higher and must outperform yourself tomorrow,” Malanta said.

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