EEDC sensitises 200 staff on safety, holds fire drills

No fewer than 200 staff of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company have attended safety sensitisation meant to inculcate safety consciousness and firefighting techniques in them.

The  Head of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) in EEDC, Dr Francis Iwu, told newsmen that the sensitization, held at company's corporate headquarters in Enugu recently, in line with EEDC’s  continuous safety awareness drive.


Iwu, who reiterated the company’s commitment to safety, charged every staff of the organisation to always be safety conscious.


According to him, everyone should be vigilant about happenings around him or her, both at home and at the workplace, and ensure that safety is placed as top priority always.  

He further advised them to always converge at the Muster Point anytime the fire alarm is activated in any EEDC office or public building they find themselves.


“Always use the stairs and emergency exit routes while evacuating the building, instead of the elevator,” he noted.


Speaking, the Chief Fire Officer in Enugu State, Chief Okwudili Ohaa, commended the management of EEDC for its unwavering commitment to issues of safety and its standards.

“During our assessment of EEDC facilities, we are excited to note that all the required fire safety equipment is in place.


“I must commend the management of EEDC for this act and making safety of all its staff a top priority,” Ohaa, who was on ground with his team for the fire drill, said.

He also stressed the importance of periodic fire safety drills, adding that fire may occur any day and at any time, either in our homes or offices.


“This training and retraining is necessary so that we are better prepared and equipped with the right knowledge to fight and manage fire when it occurs,” he said.


The sensitisation featured teachings on fire prevention tips, classes of fire and the various firefighting equipment, with practical demonstration on how they are used.

Those that attended the sensitisation included: the Managing Director/CEO of  EEDC, Mr Praveen Chorghade and the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Maruthi Kumar.

Others are: Group Head, Human Resources of EEDC, Mr Uday Mishra; top management staff; heads of departments and staff across all cadres.


The sensitisation was organised by the Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Department of EEDC in conjunction with the Enugu State Fire Service.



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