Former Director General of Lagos State Safety Commission, Akeem Dickson and General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency(LASEMA), Adeshina Tiamiyu, have been commended by Safety stakeholders across the country for their outstanding performances while in office.
They spoke at a gathering by associations of safety stakeholders to honour the two outstanding performers in the Lagos Safety agency.
Friends and well-wishers showered praises Dickson, former Surulere Local government chairman, for setting higher standard for Lagos State government.
Dickson, who recently bowed out of Safety Commission, said: "I appreciate the Lagos State Government for the opportunity given to me to overseen the affairs of the Lagos State Safety Commission for the past two years and 11 months.
"The initiative to create a Safety Commission that regulates the affairs of Health, Safety, Environment and well being must remain of top value and must continually be recognised.
"I sincerely appreciate the organisers that came together to ensure this gathering is successful, as all resources that must have been put together cannot be ignored.
"My passion for Health, Safety, Environment and welling was established when I became the Director General of Lagos State Safety Commission, I was groomed and tutored by every professional, Practitioners, my Staff, Conferences and Seminars and Training. It was a remarkable journey, and I must tell you, this is a career you do not retire from."
Tiamiyu also expressed gratitude to the state government and everybody that supported his administration.
"It was a wonderful experience for me, and I must appreciate the fact that I have a wonderful and understand boss behind me who believes in my ability and worked as a team.
"I am really honoured by this gathering full of successful professionals from the Safety industry. I am proud of this successful team led by honourable Hakeem Dickson.
"What I did in LASEMA was to provide the leadership quality, and allowed my team to do the work, so, today the glory is for everybody because I couldn't have done it without them.
Ex-Director of Exxon Mobile, Chief Kofi Sadu, said: "Both of you are great achievers the Lagos State government can never forget so soon, you have raised a bar and your performances will speak for you long time in the country.
"Safety became very important because gas is hazardous. I will like to thank you for taking the responsibility above what you think. The operational system on third mainland exceptional and something that shows quality service through Hakeem and his team. We have to get emergency going, it safes life."
Chairman International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM Nigeria), Dr Eugene Itua (Chairman, IIRSM Nigeria) recalled how he opposed the appointment of Dickson as Director General of Safety Commission.
He said: "I was one of the people that endorsed Dickson rejection letter on his first appointment into the agency, but today, Dickson has proved to be an achiever through self-discipline, humility and a motive to learn.
"This man has done a great job, he created a conducive atmosphere of welcoming everyone. He's not just a leader but a visionary leader who always makes himself available to everybody as long as Safety is concern."
National chairman Nigeria Institute of Safety Engineers, Engr. Adeyemi Oyedepo, commended Dickson " for his excellent performance in Lagos State."
Chief Executive Officer, Dangerous Good Management (DGM Nigeria) Dapo Omolade confessed that he drafted the Dickson letter of rejection into the Safety office but Dickson has since proved him wrong.